What are wild structures

These words are from the dictionary of the Scots language: http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/hut. The terms of which are in common usage unlike the Gaelic which is more common in the highlands. Drystane dyke doocot: pidgeon hole usually near eaves in a building, structure to house doos cot: humble dwelling, cottage, workers housing belonging to employer fauld: an … Continue reading What are wild structures

Alternative firing techniques

When researching contemporary Scottish ceramicists, I came across a couple of makers who utilise alternative firing methods that I have been considering - Raku predominantly in order to utilise local materials in the post firing reduction, leaves, peat, wood shavings and newspapers. Patricia Shone https://www.patriciashone.co.uk/about/ Erosion Jar 9, hand built, ht 25cm, raku fired, 2016. https://www.patriciashone.co.uk/gallery/raku/  … Continue reading Alternative firing techniques

Local clay bodies

Atelier NL (http://ateliernl.com/) Tile map of clay samples from Noordoostpolder region of the Netherlands http://ateliernl.com/projects/polderceramics, accessed 26/12/17 Atelier NL are based in the Netherlands and spent a year collecting soil samples from all the farmers in Noordoostpolder region. Using this clay, they have a range of ceramics that use local materials, use traditional ceramic functional … Continue reading Local clay bodies

Takuro Kuwata

Featured image: Tea Bowl 2013 - Takuro Kuwata - photo by Kenji Takahash courtesy of Kosaku Kanechika (Phaidon, 2017) The principles of critical regionalism and tectonics that I've been exploring over the last few months are visible in ceramic practice, one example is Takuro Kuwata who uses traditional Japanese materials and skills in a contemporary way … Continue reading Takuro Kuwata

Site collection methods; further thoughts

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