I've been exploring the profiles of the timbers by tracing elevational studies onto photographs. Photographs taken with iPhone 7, imported into Adobe Draw, iPad Pro, traced over using apple pencil. Edited in Adobe Illustrator CC2019 and Adobe Photoshop CC2019.
I've been reflecting on the space the timber ponds occupy and the words I initially collected relating to this. Liminal space, intertidal sands and mud. Suggesting borders, contrast, shadow, reflection, shifting space, wet and dry, water and wind erosion. As I started sketching the profiles of the timbers the Japanese concept of Ma keeps coming … Continue reading Language – negative space
Week 2 of Analysis of Contemporary Context module and notes from a Creative practice as research seminar. Afternoon free writing session After initial recoil of horror at having to be interactive while being online, this session was thought provoking, useful and I think I wrote some quite useful notes during the ‘automatic writing’. The dogs … Continue reading Creative practice as research
Final stage - setting up the exhibition. Walcot Chapel, Bath.
I fired the final 18 peat slices in Jeff, at 1000 degrees on Wednesday. He was around 300 today and cooling so I’ll empty tomorrow and load more boxes of bisque fired peat slices into the car for firing over the holiday. My porch is crammed with bags of burning peat, a raku kiln, Tongs, … Continue reading Last bisque firing
Wednesday 14th November Slight chaos is reigning in the studio I'm getting ready to fill a kiln on Sunday for a bisque firing, I've a mixture of slip cast and press moulded peat slices. I've been using a couple of metal tools to explore metal tool marks on the clay, as the tairsgeir would mark … Continue reading Week of studio
I've been working on graphics for the exhibition and have edited two photographs that I think communicate the vastness of the space, the flatness of the peat field with the parallel lines of the former peat cutting. The genius loci maybe? It was difficult to communicate with single photographs, these are panoramas.
On Friday, after I finished the five-part slip casting mould, I made a two-part press mould of the 10% small plaster model of the peat slice. I am planning to press mould raw clay blocks for stacking, incorporating additions from on site, like leaves etc that were on the raw slices I was experimenting with … Continue reading Press mould
It's been a week of working with plaster. It's very process heavy, each stage has to be completed flawlessly (or almost) in order for everything to work in the end. The process of cutting peat is carried out in several stages also, and very labour intensive. Cutting, laying, stacking, drying, collecting usually with a tractor … Continue reading A week of plaster