Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Occupation and the Artist
Promoting Healing with Therapeutic Use of Clay


Promoting Healing with Therapeutic Use of Clay


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Download Mother and Child (136 KB)

Download Three Generations (106 KB)

Download Ruthie's Shoe (69 KB)

Download Penny Plant Plate (164 KB)

Download Boo! (66 KB)

Download Pod (95 KB)

Download Big Mama (121 KB)

Download Big Mama (posterior) (114 KB)

Download Fish Out of Water (89 KB)

Download Afternoon Tea? (140 KB)

Download Ancient Creature (210 KB)

Download Dobby (201 KB)

Download Night Sky (145 KB)

Download Vessel (149 KB)

Download Open Pod (44 KB)

Download Skyline (50 KB)

Download Deborah's Mini Skirt (74 KB)

Download Rock Pot (174 KB)

Download Under Water (135 KB)

Download Deborah's Belt (40 KB)

Download Autumn (122 KB)


Alice McCall Smith, occupational therapist and artist based in North Carolina, provided the cover art for the Summer 2019 issue of the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT) (Figure 1). The piece, titled “Mother and Child,” is an 8-1/4” tall sculpture made from clay. Alice grew up on a hill sheep farm in the Scottish Highlands. She has used many of the skills learned on the farm in everyday life and in occupational therapy practice. After being diagnosed and treated for depression, sculpting helped Alice to cope with challenging emotions. Therapeutic use of clay was a meaningful part of her healing process.


Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist, Occupation, Art, Pottery, Sculpture


Art Therapy | Mental and Social Health | Occupational Therapy | Sculpture

Promoting Healing with Therapeutic Use of Clay