I picked up my Tushker today, it can't really be called a Tairsgeir anymore as I used the archived drawing from Shetland so it's a Tushker. I need to leave it outside for a couple of days for the weld to rust, of course its not raining today for once. Photograph Affleck, Sketching the profile … Continue reading Tushker
Despite feeling I was giving too little notice to the blacksmith to ask him to make me a Tairsgeir, I decided to drive via a local Blacksmith's to ask if he could make me one. The last smith I'd been talking to by email and phone changed his mind and I felt it was a … Continue reading Tairsgeir II
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.
What other people have been doing with peat exhibitions of peat related things: https://www.lisheencastle.com/visit-lough-boora-discovery-park/peat-train-and-sculpture/ https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=peat+exhibition&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjktvvW2PfdAhWDN8AKHXzaDwEQ_AUIDigB&biw=1259&bih=656#imgrc=x0SQybrzSdOlrM: peat stack and tractor in the exhibition: http://lanntair.com/arts/moladh-na-moine-in-praise-of-peat/ Cast glass moulded from peat: http://lanntair.com/arts/instinct-heritage-shaun-fraser/ http://shaunfraser.tumblr.com/archive He has some screen printing. Based in the flow country, Sutherland. I think one of the largest peat bogs in Scotland. Plaster models of peat … Continue reading Peat
After a jet lagged sleepless night I was thinking about the site - peat bog - how it was starting to unfold into earth fire and water. Could I mould/cast 3 different materials:- Earth - raw clay with elements from the site leaves moss grasses Water - cast glass Fire - ash glazed saggar fired … Continue reading Elemental
School holiday week, so unable to get to the studio but took a sketch book away to note down thoughts. I've went back through these tonight, which I may scan and add in but I'll summarise below first. I'm also planning a book. The main thoughts were about Peat and Clay, as discussed with Conor, … Continue reading Peat Clay reflection
My bags of peat arrived today, I photographed some in the studio and I'm considering casting some pieces, or suspending them in glass/resin. I have 4 sacks of peat I can use for a pit firing, saggar firing or raku, burning and trying to make a glaze type medium to brush onto bisqued clay (similar to … Continue reading Peat and clay
The modules of peat cut with the tairsgeir/peat iron (see video below) look to be about a bag of clay, if not half a bag of clay which is too large to work with. I will think about the modules again when I am clearer about how to construct the stack. Construction ideas cut modules … Continue reading Peat cutting