This week I have been immersed in slicing clay and working with it in the peat bog, photographing it and transporting it around.

It is interesting working with raw clay, it holds any kind of material collected on site, without the consideration of it burning off in the kiln. I looked into adobe brick construction which is clay mixed with straw and other materials and compressed into modules for constructing dwellings, another vernacular building method.  It is an option for this module to work in raw clay.

I am considering constructing a herringbone peat stack.

Peat stacks average 2 metres in height. Considering the exhibition space Walcot Chapel Art Space is a vaulted space, the stack could echo the ceiling vault, keeping the proportion of a peat stack.

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Walcot Chapel Bath

Image: (http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/walcotchapel2005.htm)

The space suggests an arched stack.

Considerations

  • Structure – how will the stack stand up. Steel frame? Modules containing kiln wire?
  • Module size – I sliced up a bag of clay in half lengthwise, then in half down the middle. Then horizontally in 3 layers – 12 modules per bag.
  • Clay type – affects the final colour of the stack. I used crank for strength and affordability, I am considering black clay but it is double the price per pack.
  • Using fired and unfired clay, working in bands around the herringbone
  • Assembling and transporting the stack

 

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