Earthen Art /ˈərTHən/ /ärt/noun
Sculptural, useful, and functional structures made from a high content of clay soil, commonly built with the use of other natural material. Design and sculptural elements can be created with the use of recycled bottles and other salvaged items.
I’m unsure of the terms origin or who first coined the phrase. The term Earthen Art stems from Earthen Architecture combined with Environmental Art.
Bringing ancient traditions to life through working with natural materials for the home and community.
Why choose Earthen Art?
Earthen Art transforms spaces, from creating gathering places to providing fun educational events. The roots of earthen art are found in a form of construction call Natural Building, still a common form of building in many parts of the world. Communities build together using the resources they have available locally without the need of large supply changes. We believe one of the greatest values of Earthen Art is its culturally universal. Along with promoting community building; bringing people together to build, creating memories, transforming the place we live, and building friendships. Homes, educational facilities, communities, and events benefit from the fun creative energy this form of art and design brings. Earthen Art coming to a location near you!
“Dear Kelley & James, I am delighted to write this letter of support for your work as a Community Artist. Your leadership and vision provided us with three beautiful art sculptures for the Tree Garden in our Middle School. In six weeks, you worked with the students and adult volunteers. You managed a variety of scheduling needs, different personalities and various codes and installation regulations from the school district. The results are spectacular!
While there was some initial concerns from the school administrators about safety, and the “messiness”of the materials – mixing sand, dirt and water with one’s feet!- your daily clean-up of the work site, the careful management of materials and careful supervision of the volunteer students and adults allowed this project to be completed on time, on budget and with no injuries, and no site vandalism.
I am always available to discuss our experience at League Academy Middle School with any organization that is considering creating art with cob and natural building techniques. This was such a wonderful experience for our school, I hope that many more organizations and communities have an opportunity to create art with you!"
Sincerely, Michele Schultz League Academy PTA.
"My family has had the opportunity to work with Kelley Adair twice - at League Academy and at the Children's Museum. I have appreciated these experiences for a couple of reasons. First, Kelley is wonderful with kids!! She takes the time to explain her expectations and she has wonderful patience and understanding and appreciation for the value the children bring to the project. I also love the simplicity of cob construction. This is an activity that is both intuitive and fun. Kids just "get" it - they understand how the material is supposed to feel and are able to adjust the recipe as needed (eg, add sand or clay if too wet) . They are also able to use their creativity in the construction - either in the design itself or the process they use to create the structure. And to top it all off....what could possibly be more fun than playing in mud?!! Thanks Kelley!! Please let us know when you plan to start your next project!"
-Caroline Durrell Fritz