The work came out of the kiln today. The bisqued pieces didn't vitrify, the screen printed flask with the clear glaze made the ink less sharp. I would love to try them in the university's raku kiln. The decals melted into the glaze but look shaky, rather than sharp. Low temperature decals next time. The … Continue reading Final firing results
I put the black clay assemblage in for a low temperature bisque fire at 780 so I could put it in the river on site where I collected samples to see if it will erode. I’ll leave it for 3 days while I am staying in the village at Loch Lomond.
I've been thinking about how all the theory, threads, methodology, materials can all fit together. I'm not sure how clear my thoughts are, but after a bout of insomnia I've developed a few ideas. I've been thinking of something Conor said about the vernacular descriptors for landscape in MacFarlane's book Landmarks, he asked rather than … Continue reading Site collection methods; further thoughts
I soaked and sieved the soil samples from the river bank and the burn. I would say that there’s not really a clay content to them. I kept the sieving of the burn as it was mostly slate grit. The samples were more sandy and sediments than something you could make a pinch pot out … Continue reading Processing the samples
I pulled on my wellies yesterday and went out digging around for clay samples near Luss Loch Lomond. Its a significant area as it marks the Highland Boundary fault line - a geological structure which marks the boundary between highland and lowlands of Scotland. The lowland side, which is where the village of Luss lies … Continue reading Collecting clay