Write a paragraph about one of our own production sites. Focus on the conditions – space, how it makes us feel, size, the materials we are using, peers, other users of the studio. Does it push you etc

According to Gillian Rose, within each site of production there are three modalities to each site of production – technical, compositional and social

Technical – how it was made,

Compositional – composition, genre

Social – who, when, who for, why

 

Glasgow Ceramic Studio

Sited in a former tobacco factory, within an artists’ collective known as Wasps (Workspace Artist Studio Provision Scotland), the Glasgow Ceramic Studio has around 21 individual workspaces with shared communal work and kitchen area.

The space is large, being in an old factory it has high ceilings, roof lights and is open plan, with private studio spaces enclosed by half height partitions.

While working on the production part of my Moss project for Ceramics 2, I was excited to go to the studio every day, opening a new bag of clay, to begin press moulding my slices of peat. The atmosphere in the studio varies, often busy and jovial, many jokes about my production of ever more copious amounts of peat slices that began taking up half of the drying cupboard, piling up on my workspace either in bisque or greenware sections awaiting raku firing. Sometimes the studio became quiet, but more usually there is someone to ask advise or chat to over a cup of coffee. Other work to admire, techniques to note, events they are getting ready for or a class coming in. The large, communal workspace is my preferred area for organising my crank clay, turning it out of the bag, slicing it with my harp to allow it to begin to dry before being pressed into my mould. Lunch to be eaten before turning the drying peat slice out of the mould. When dry enough to stand on an end, each slice was gently manipulated so it had at least one flat bottom so it would eventually fit into the raku kiln, and metal peat iron like tools rasped the edges of the clay to echo the marks made as peats are dug out of the ground in thick, wet slices.

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