Clay Conversations


Artist Statement
Clay conversations arose out of collaborative conversations I had with British ceramicist Joanna Still. After several meetings and exchanges, Joanna created some ceramics which evoked various forms of communication, for example a clay book, a calendar, and an abacus, but which also had an abstracted connection with the objects to which they refer. I wrote several short poems in response to Joanna's ceramics, conversations we had, and textual material she sent me (such as a newspaper cutting about Haitians eating clay plates because they could not afford food). My poetry also drew on experiences I had independently, which seemed to connect with the project, such as a visit I made to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
Source of Artist Statement


Smith, Hazel
Still, Joanna
Dean, Roger




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Video with audio performance




Smith, Hazel, Still, Joanna, and Dean, Roger, “Clay Conversations,” ADELTA, accessed April 23, 2024,