Malley high above Vaughn Stream digging for clay
Malley Weber MFA-IA (Interdisciplinary Arts Goddard College) has been teaching ceramics since 1995. In 1996 Malley opened Moonshine Pottery in Damariscotta. In 2000 she and her now ex-husband opened The Liberal Cup in Hallowell. Her true love is clay and so Hallowell Clay Works was first opened in 2004. Since then it has been a community studio and paving the way for countless artists to create livelihoods and find creativity, relaxation and connection through clay. It has occupied many locations through the years as family circumstances and the pursuit of education have allowed. Malley knows how to set up a safe- non-hierarchical studio where beginners, intermediate and advanced students share and learn easily and confidently. In Malley’s studio ‘ Let yourself suck’ is a mantra spoken daily. Working with clay has given Malley insights and experience with the healing nature of clay.
Malley also teaches as the Ceramic Arts adjunct at the University of Maine at Augusta. She is a teaching artist for both the Maine Arts Commission and for Watershed Center for Ceramic Art. www.watershedceramics.org She’s passionate about using local resources and promoting the use of local clay. Using clay for therapy and healing trauma, and general stress reduction and well-being is a large part of Malley’s artistic practice.
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CLAY FIELD and HEALING– Clay work utilizes a variety of important hand movements which have been proven to be linked with healthy brain development for all ages. Understanding and following haptic perception (touch sense) one can unlock childhood traumas and PTSD by creating new neural pathways. Clay has the power to heal. transform, and educate. Ask about a private CLAY FIELD session. We’ll work with your therapist or psychologist to bring you a bottom-up (non-talk) approach to healing.
Covid-19 is going to force Malley to reimagine yet another creative way of sharing her love with her community. While it is inconvenient, not to mention deadly, Malley will use this time to work on her own creative and educational pursuits. It may take some time, but in the end every community needs a clay studio. There is much healing and strength to be found in each other in creative community.