Clay art has a long history in many ancient civilisations, including Emirati culture where it has played an important role in the daily lives of Emiratis. Traditionally, clay was used to create functional objects such as pottery, jars, and storage containers, which were vital for the nomadic lifestyle of the Bedouins. The art of clay was passed down from generation to generation and continues to be an important part of the Emirati culture and tradition.
Today, many contemporary Emirati artists use clay as a medium to create art that reflects the rich culture and heritage of the UAE. Their culture can be expressed in the way of creating, shaping, and glazing the clay, adding a layer of meaning to every piece.
Studio Clay was founded by an Emirati clay artist who aims to keep these local traditions alive by intertwining modern styles with traditional techniques as part of the studio’s classes and workshops.