19 June - 10 July 2019
Learn how to recognise clay as a raw material and the geological processes that form it. The Lizard geology forms a distinct clay called Gabbro, which was used throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages. We will go on a field trip to collect raw clay, which we will process, and explore how mixing it with other clay bodies can alter its workability, aesthetic and firing temperature. The techniques used for the making of traditional vessels will form a starting point for an exploratory session of making. Our pieces will dry, before their pit firing, where we will experiment with different materials such as locally gathered seaweed and salt, that can add colour and patterning to the surface of the pieces during the firing. We will wrap our pieces and lay them into the pit, onto which wood will be stacked and the fire lit. The firing will last a few hours and the pieces will need to be cooled before they are unwrapped.
Wednesday 19th June – Collecting Clay
Wednesday 26th June – Processing Clay
Wednesday 3rd July – Making
Wednesday 10th July – Firing
Free participation but booking is essential: To book a please ring us on 01326 231811 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
These events are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Above image ‘Clay Collecting’ by Rosanna Martin
Rosanna Martin is an artist living and working in Cornwall. Her practice explores our relationship to landscape and geology, with clay as the bedrock for creating sculptures and participatory events. In 2016 she opened Brickworks, an open access ceramic workshop in Penryn. She is currently working on Brickfield, an experimental brickworks set within Cornwall’s clay country for Whitegold, St. Austell’s ceramic festival.