Sara Russell

What happens if you hand someone a ball of clay?

On May 19th and 20th, 2017, I handed 72 people small balls of clay, about the size of a ping pong ball. Each person made a sculpture and handed it back to me along with a self-addressed postcard.The sculptures were then fired and colored with ink. 

Starting in March 2018, the sculptures have been finding their way around the NY city area. Their placement is documented and the postcard is sent to the maker.

Click here to see postcards. All identifying information about the maker has been removed. You'll know yours if you see it. Or contact me and I'll connect you with your ball of clay. 

Perhaps it will still be there if you go look for it...

This project unrolled at the Clemente Open Studios. I was invited to participate in the Open Studios as a guest artist by Jenn Mazza. Thank you Clemente and Jenn Mazza for giving me the space to initiate this experiment.

The 21st annual building-wide Open Studios
Each year, Artists Alliance Inc and The Clemente open their doors to the public for an intimate glimpse into the creative processes of over 40 visual artists, 11 performing arts organizations, and the residents of the LES Studio Program.
Friday, May 19th, from 6-9pm 
Saturday, May 20th, from 2-9pm 
Address: Studio 404 - 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002 (btw Rivington & Delancey Streets) F, M, J, Z to Delancey/Essex
Presented in collaboration with LES History Month by Artists Alliance Inc, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, and the Committee for Open Studios.