Making Place Matter Symposium

4 Jun 2022
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Clay Studio 1425 N. American Street Philadelphia, PA 19122 And Online


Kukuli Velarde poses with her forhead resting against the cherubic face of a ceramic sculpture she made. She has medium skin, black hair, and wears a black long-sleeve shirt.

Pew Fellow Kukuli Velarde poses with a ceramic sculpture from her series A Mi Vida, part of the exhibition Making Place Matter at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. Photo by John Carlano.

The Clay Studio hosts a free full-day symposium to explore the art and ideas behind Making Place Matter, the studio’s inaugural exhibition in its new Kensington location.

This hybrid in-person and virtual event includes a moderated discussion with Making Place Matter artists Molly Hatch, Ibrahim Said, and Pew Fellow Kukuli Velarde, a panel on creative placemaking with Center director of Exhibitions & Public Interpretation Kelly Shindler, a performance by Velarde, and a hands-on activity with clay.

Making Place Matter brings together original artworks by ceramists Hatch, Said, and Velarde that contemplate the complex meanings of “place” and consider personal history and cultural memory.