WHAT IS #EQUALITYCLAY?
#equalityclay is a call to action.
Our intention is to promote a dialogue of inclusion and diversity in the ceramics community. The hashtag #equalityclay was created in response to growing community movements of outreach, responsibility, and accountability among ceramic makers, educators, businesses, and other organizations.
Our goal is to use our brand and social media to establish a network of people with similar social activism interests and to initiate specific dates for localized discussions of allyship. Together, we are stronger.
#equalityclay is a celebration of inclusion.
Marginalized individuals should be provided room to speak and have an active voice in their local ceramics community. Individuals with race, wealth, or ability privilege are encouraged to participate and listen to the voices from the margins – uplifting women and people of color, religious minorities, people with disabilities or mental health issues, those who are LGBTQIA or queer, and transgender, nonbinary, or gender non-conforming individuals.
#equalityclay is an event.
The first #equalityclay day is August 25th, 2018. To participate, find your local host below. Don’t see one near you? Galleries, studios, and individuals can have their participation listed by filling out a form.
Contact your local host for information about accessibility or to find out if they are allowing food or drink at your event.
Post about #equalityclay day on Instagram using the hashtag #equalityclay and let all your fellow makers know.
ATTEND #EQUALITYCLAY DAY
HOST #EQUALITYCLAY DAY IN YOUR CITY
Don’t see your city listed here? We’d love to have you host a get together on August 25 for ceramicists in your area. Inclusivity is important, so we’d prefer your studio to be accessible (if its a small thing like a few steps keeping it from being so, perhaps we can help solve that problem).
PROMOTE #EQUALITYCLAY DAY
Whether you’re coming or not, we’d love your support. Each city has their own hashtag (#equalityclaypdx, #equalityclayphilly, etc) and you can repost the one from your citys host or make a new one!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT #EQUALITYCLAY
Can more than one studio host in a city?
Yes, because some cities are quite large. For instance, it makes sense that SF have an east and west bay host. But, if you’re relatively close to another studio, we’d really like you to work together. Just get ahold of them and see how you can be involved, and ideally, the studio most accessible would be used as the city location.Back to Index
Where will sponsorship funds go?
If we collect any funds, we will use them to disburse stipends to help people who’ve requested assistance with transportation to an event, childcare or some other barrier that would have prevented them from going. We might also help studios with small alterations that would make them accessible (ie: ramps). These funds will go though We Aren’t Invisible, and we will be transparent in our reporting of those funds. Any leftover funds will be used for NCECA scholarships of underserved communities.Back to Index
Is there a cost to attend?
Absolutely not. All hosts have donated their space and will welcome you warmly.Back to Index
Is this just in the U.S.?
Absolutely not. Join in.Back to Index
Is this about #unfollowtortus?
Not really. It just brought these issues to light. This isn’t even just about sexual assault or harrassment. Its about leveling the ceramics community so all voices are heard, all people are respected, and the community reflects the multifaceted people that are actually potters.Back to Index
Who is behind this?
We understand that in order to ensure transparency and safety for marginalized folks, some sense of who is behind this is necessary. Each studio participating stands for themselves- although we have worked with each city to try and get studios to work together and cities represented, we are unable as yet to do any thorough vetting. We’ve asked each studio to provide an experience that is accessible, and emphasizes introducing potters of all genders, sexuality, race, ability and opportunities to eachother, worked to give voice to those who might not normally have as much access to amplification.
To understand who is “behind” this, its neccesary to understand this is a very loose association. This is very much an “all hands on deck” situation, there is no leadership structure or board of any kind- we seek to be as diverse as possible and to be as communal as possible. That might change as this event progresses and grows, and as/if it does, we will be transparent in that structure and purposefully in seeking diversity. We can always do better and be better in terms of diversity and would greatly appreciate the involvement of anyone who would like to do so. The best way to do so is via the contact form or instagram, @equalityclay.