Its been busy lately, Ive been slowly finishing work for a big public art commission at Banff Hospital. The lead artist was Lynne at Curious Cranberry and I made 16 large porcelain tiles for wall hanging which were adorned with photographer Nicole Gildea's images of the local area.
It was a long haul, firing tiles of this size is a minefield of cracking and breaking but we got there eventually, below are some of the pics of the making process ...
|Starts off with pristine flat plaster bats|
|The surface has to be damp or the clay will dry too quickly on the surface and cause fissures|
|Use cottling clay to build a dam|
|Slip has just been poured in|
|Leave to dry till it holds its shape|
|Leather hard and wiped to soften sharp edges|
|I use a drillbit to get the holes correct - the clay has to be at exactly the right hardness for this to work|
|A Story of Banff|
After the tiles were finished I was working of a another retirement commission, this time for Mr Dave Cordiner who was an art teacher at Ellon Academy. Dave has many interests and his colleagues wanted a few things on his person as well as his distinctive shoes.....
|Dave likes his badmintion and his Apple products......|
|A blue holdall and a printing roller was also requested|