Collective Matter are three artists working in clay; Eva Masterman, Mary O’Malley and Katie Spragg. Individually our practices span sculpture, film, design, curation, writing and teaching; we have all exhibited and participated in residencies internationally and have our work held in collections across the world. Brought together during our time on the Ceramics & Glass MA at the Royal College of Art, the collective was formed in 2016 through a shared concern for the state of arts education and skills-based learning.
Collectively we are excited by clay's possibilities for engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. We believe its ubiquity and tactile, malleable qualities make it a perfect medium for critical engagement, cross-disciplinary practice and creative communication - we seek to find ways of bringing this to wider and diverse audiences within and beyond the art world.
We have begun to implement these ideas both through self initiated workshops and events, as well as more recently through the Tate Exchange project, which included; practical clay workshops in brick-making, modelling, kinsugi and large scale installation, panel discussions, practical artist seminars, story-collecting events, discussions, public presentations and exhibitions. We are in the process of setting up a studio space with the socially-engaged arts/architecture/design group Assemble, to enable us to deliver our vision from a permanent base.