What is it about?

This article summarizes the findings of a project called ‘Clay Transformations’ and was part of the Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery Programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Using a mixed methods approach, the project aimed to assess the extent to which involvement in clay workshops promoted the well-being of a group of 42 participants, including mental health service users, artists and practitioners.

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Why is it important?

A particular focus was placed on the incidence of ‘mutual recovery’ which extends the concept of recovery beyond the individual to incorporate the wider group and its context. It was subsequently found that workshop involvement helped to promote, not only the well-being and mutual recovery of participants, it also enhanced the supportive capacities and social capital of the settings in which these activities took place, both within the workshops and beyond.


This publication is the culmination of a three year project. It aims to adopt a comprehensive and mixed methods approach in the evaluation of a clay based arts intervention and its impact of the well-being of participants. It also adopts social perspectives which are often marginalised in this area of research.

Dr Elaine Argyle
University of Nottingham

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This page is a summary of: Creative practice with clay: A mutual route to recovery?, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, November 2018, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/jaah.9.3.385_1.
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