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The Foyer: The Transformative Power of Heat
June 13, 2017 @ 12:00 am - September 5, 2017 @ 12:00 am
The ceramics process is all about materials, alchemy and making the marvellous from mud via the transformational power of heat.
London sits on a bed of clay and we bake this clay, our ‘daily clay’, from 1,000- 1,255oC. If you think this Summer time has been hot, then that’s proper hot!
When dealing with heat one has to be careful. Beyond these tried and tested temperatures the clay starts to distort and melt; think volcanoes and lava which flows and cools and becomes solid.
That’s how clay is made, an ebbing and flowing over millennia; resulting in the creation of this wonderful material.
Obviously with time, knowledge and control, students learn to balance skills, tradition and experimentation within defined set limits, otherwise mistakes can happen. ‘Glaze’ – think glass, hundreds of possibilities and each one is a constituent of our Earth’s materials, combined to a very exact recipe. While we want our clay to become a solid at the same time we want our glazes to become fluid. It’s an interesting alchemic relationship.
The selected work you will see in this display is by students in A32 Ceramics Studio at Morley. These budding alchemists have earned a place in the growing Morley Ceramic Community. Why not join us ?
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