Our Town Project

‘Our Town’ is a community project, funded by Ashbourne Festival, bringing everyone in our local area together through clay! 

Young and old have contributed to this major installation comprising 1500 ceramic houses, shops and local landmarks in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

The installation, conceived by Sarah Heaton and Helen Cammiss, owners of The Clayrooms Pottery Studio in the town centre, celebrates the unique and historic place we all call home. Everyone from toddlers to Keith Brymer Jones came along to make a building!

Thank you to Ashbourne Festival for helping us turn an idea into something that will be enjoyed for years to come!

The Exhibition

‘We have been blown away with the response to our project…it’s been a particular joy to watch school children absorbed in the creative process,’ says Helen.

 ‘We challenged our growing band of studio members to take on the challenge of recreating some of the familiar and iconic buildings in Ashbourne, and they didn’t disappoint!’ says Sarah.

The result is an amazing tribute to the unifying power of clay.

The Making

We look forward to welcoming visitors and locals to view the installation at Ashbourne Town Hall.

If you manage to pay us a visit…look out for Dave, our local window cleaner!

Visit the exhibition at:

Ashbourne Town Hall, DE6 1ES

Opening Times:

Monday to Saturday: 10am-3pm, (closed Thursday & Sunday). It will be there for an indefinite period.