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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until June 7, 2024

Admission always free
20 Mar 21

Open Studio

Clay Houses with Nicole Preissl

For our second remote Open Studio with Nicole Preissl, Nicole leads us in a clay-making activity inspired by Christine Howard Sandoval’s exhibition A wall is a shadow on the land. Christine’s artwork uses adobe mud, a very old building material, made from a mixture of natural materials. Generations of women in Christine’s family were adobe brick makers.

Watch the video and follow along as Nicole creates a miniature house structure out of clay. She’ll share tips and tricks for working with clay and natural materials.


  • cardboard
  • air-dry clay
  • wooden or plastic knife
  • popsicle sticks or dowels
  • Scissors
  • old rolling pin or bottle
  • found and recycled objects
  • natural materials like shells, moss, or pebbles
  • Newspaper
  • old cloth or paper towel
  • glue

This activity is recommended for artists 4 and up. Adult supervision is recommended for working with clay and scissors. Please only work with natural materials you are familiar with and that are from a place you know!