Wednesday, 24 October 2012

October Commissions

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
Finished pieces

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

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