It's been a while since my last blog post, but I'm pleased to report that my materials have all arrived at North Herts College. Now I can relish the challenge of transforming the generic blocks of clay into those ideas in my head.
My project is concerned with the forces of nature, and using this power to transform the ceramic surface. In particular, I'm excited to be working with watery forces, harnessing the power of the waves to change the surface of my pottery.
These bottles were thrown on a pottery wheel and made from a variety of clays. Lentils and rice have been pressed into the finished pot, here made from industrial crank clay - a very coarse material. Sitting there so patiently, they look like a little regimented army of bottles, waiting for their orders!
I'm exploring different textured surfaces and materials to see how these can be altered underwater. Once this pottery has been fired to a low temperature, these pots will be secured in a beach location. This tidal action *should* then begin to smooth the ceramic surface. Firing to a lower temperature means that the bonds of clay at a molecular level should be weaker, encouraging erosion.
It is important to work with a textured surface, to highlight the action of the sea smoothing the surface. If this were left smooth, it would not be obvious whether any hydrological action had taken place.
I've made holes in the neck of each bottle, partly to help with securing them in their marine location (attached to piers, groynes, etc), and also this will play a part in how they will be displayed in a final exhibition.
I love working with this crank clay. The coarse particles seem to give the piece character, and I can't wait to see how this surface behaves underwater. It's pretty hard on the hands though!