Clay is a very forgiving and easily manipulated material that is great to work with. Clay sculptures are edifices that have been used in cultures to tell stories, honor memories, and represent families. Today, the first-year MPS Art Therapy students created clay sculptures to represent themselves and their families.
The therapeutic value of clay relates to the physicality of the material. Because of how malleable it is, the creator can channel all of their emotions into pounding the clay, thereby releasing any negative emotions they had been holding inside. The constant handling of the clay can also be cathartic and relaxing for the creator. Clay can help us see something from various perspectives, literally and figuratively. Clay also helps to empower the creator by enabling them to manipulate their environment however they wish.