The collective Assemble (founded in 2010) works across architecture, design and art. For this new commission they have created a display of industrial ceramic production and handmade objects developed with Granby Workshop as part of their community-led rebuilding of a Liverpool neighbourhood.
Bricks are one of the city’s basic structural components. A brick house is assembled from these portable hand-sized units. Extracted as soil from the ground, the clay is dried, crushed, pressed, cut, often fired and then laid to give form to walls, buildings and pavement. From the raw material to the way cities are constructed and imagined, Assemble is interested in the process of ‘making-learning’.
Established by the collective with local residents, the Granby Workshop offers training and employment in experimental manufacturing processes. Embracing chance and improvisation as a working method, their products are used in the renovation of homes in the surrounding area and sold to a wider public as a way of supporting Granby’s social enterprise.