Having left it overnight by a hot kiln it was more stable and I could add more coils to it. The coal addition isnt obvious until you see a cross section. you cant really tell looking on the outside of the form that anything is in there. This is a bit of a worry as that was the point.While I was working and thinking of the things I couldn’t add into the work I made a cup of tea…TEA. Surely an integral part of a northern working man..or at least it used to be, probably red bull
Good grief...earlier today working on this form I found if I make it too quick the internal clay (even though the outside is drying) starts to move and slump down over the lower layers. I have had to cut off about 3 hours work as I was going too fast for the clay to dry internally . Strange how clay demands that you work it in a particular way...back to the nature of materials. what's also interesting is that as it dries it shrinks onto the pipe, so I need to add paper around
Just discovered a document about Hydriotopia. Need to read through but seems there was a large discovery of burial urns found in Norfolk and was written about in 1658 . Drawing parallels to the idea of burying the vessels I made…not sure where this is going. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/hydrionoframes/hydrion.html
So in an attempt to achieve something I am handbuilding the work. I'm using coils of clay either hand rolled or pugged through the extruder. I have tried to add organic matter but I keep clogging up the entry point of the clay to the machine. SO frustrating since I am trying to get this done to a deadline. ITS TAKING HOURS!!!! I keep having to strip the machine down and start again. I have had to grind down some things first which almost defeats the object. The Derbyshire cl
I decided to build a fire pit today in order to fire the core sample. luckily I had some materials available that MIGHT survive the temperature I need to try and get the clay to a low bisque ( only just ceramic and not clay- glowing red/ orange for about a half hour - it will probably need about 24 hours of heating though aaargh!) ) So I dug the pit and laid internal brick and rubble walls, then covered with roof tiles ( already fired clay) to support the work. I wasn't happ
I have been looking at 'Large scale ceramics' by Jim Robison and 'Backyard kilns' by Steve Mills. There seems to have been a number of people who have experimented working on sculptural ceramics in situ for many different reasons and I thought this could be perhaps a way to fire the whole column in one go rather than in sections. When considering whether to approach a pipe manufacturers to produce a large clay pipe to work into I not only wondered if adding things to the clay
So I modified the extruder based on a cider press I built some years ago, using a bottle jack to add compression. I got enough pressure but the manhole warped so much the clay didn't come through properly!!! ARGH!! Time to give in?
We have collections of 'finds' from the earth and somehow returning the pots seems right....to be found later? but it has raised a question as to whether this might be an act of vandalism or seen as a religious thing?
I have been reading The Art Of Work An Epitaph To Skill by Roger Coleman felt I could draw a parallel to Icarus and Daedalus in that at times I sense my work is not skilled or well enough informed to be valid which could be part of my own crisis of masculinity . I remember watching my Father and Grandfather and teachers make sketches and diagrams with measurements and they always used the right tool for the right job. Whatever they did sketch and work out ‘mostly’ worked. I f