Deepening Connections Through Clay

Express Yourself youth continue with arts immersion exploring different mediums. Artist Laraine Cicchetti, sculptor and potter introduced clay to each group, tasking them to create unique Clay-Nations. 

Focusing on collaboration and connection while building our own community. Individuals created their own clay island, and then were challenged to find ways to connect their art piece to their peers creating a large 12–16-foot group sculpture. 

Working as a team, Exyo youth-built bridges and roads, which not only connected the islands but encouraged taking creative risks within their own group. New friendships and creativity flowed along with toadstool walkways, tunnels, bridges, burgers and fries, pirate ships, rail roads, animals and more emerged from their individual ball of clay. 


Our youth loved this project and the opportunity to create imaginative worlds with new material. Curious how we might use these islands? Mark your calendars for our 28th annual performance on May 26, 2022, to find out!