Final stage - setting up the exhibition. Walcot Chapel, Bath.
I brought the palette home so I could practice the final stack in my spare room, so the background to the images are slightly cluttered. I had to redo the stack a few times to get the herringbone pattern tight. I think this is the final stack that I dismantled in order and boxed up … Continue reading Final stack
Well I have around 40 raku-fired peat slices, fired in the garden over the last couple of weeks. Some adjustments had to be made to increase the carbon intake as some firings came out of the reduction bins too light, however, theses have added texture and contrast to the final stack. Each peat slice was … Continue reading Holiday raku firing
I raku fired 10 peat slices today, 5 fitted at a time in the raku kiln. I used a mixture of peat ash and glaze medium to brush over them, the same as the text tile. The mixture was added in thin layers with some sprinkled on top. I didn't sieve the ash but left … Continue reading Raku firing
I spent a day trying different stack designs on top of a palette, referencing that stacks are often built on palettes. I wanted to work out if I needed more than the 30 I've already made. The palette helped me stack off the concrete floor, I used museum putty to anchor key pieces as there … Continue reading Practice stacks
As discussed, I feel the print should be on fabric; the weaving of peat into language, culture and tradition, the appearance of peat fields - man made marks with repeating patterns almost like the weft of a fabric, and the high vaulted shape of the exhibition space with the large windows suggest a long sweep … Continue reading Printing on fabric
The first 13 peat slicers came out of Jeff (the kiln) successfully for the bisque firing. I've made the photos black and white to help me look at the patterns of the stack and the light and shade. I'm hoping now to be able to work out how I want to stack and how much … Continue reading Week of studio
I've been thinking about the exhibition, Claire mentioned about printing onto something transparent and hanging infront of the window. I've been allocated one of the side window alcoves and plan to print a 3m long document that ends on the floor under the ceramic stack. I need to work out what to print on, Ian, … Continue reading Exhibition images
The shape of the concrete poem developed into a full herringbone. It reflects the straight lines of the cut peat bog, the right angles and the herringbone design of the peat stacks.
I purchased an archive drawing of a tairsgeir - or more correctly a tushker as it is from Shetland. Tairsgeir is Scots Gaelic, Shetland have their own dialect and version of Gaelic, heavily influenced by Scandinavia.