Settling in…

We moved in to 810 High Road this week with the hire van well and truly loaded to the hilt

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Time to get tidying and material set up for the upcoming workshops

We soon realised that working in an unheated house with pretty dismal weather doesn’t help with the slip casting process as we are no longer in a kiln heated workshop at Middlesex University. However, it is amazing how adaptable and improvising you can become when you need to!

 

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Moving Forward at a Great Pace…

We received the fantastic news that Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Middlesex University are generously sponsoring our project and we now have confirmed dates for our workshops at 810 High Road!

We have had meetings with various groups in the area who have all been extremely helpful and we are also featured in an article on the Team North Tottenham website.

Workshops are running from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm on the following dates:

1st, 3rd and 4th June                                                                                                                                   7th, 9th and 11th June                                                                                                                               14th, 16th and 18th June

Each session will be for a maximum of 10, with 5 spaces reserved via email:                         collectiveexchange.info@gmail.com and the remaining 5 on a first come first served basis. The minimum age is 6 years and to be accompanied by an adult.

We will also be recording any personal anecdotes or stories participants may have of living in the local area which they would like to share. These will be included in the exhibition that will be held at 810 High Road from 22nd – 24th July in which all the work made during the workshops will be on display.

So come down to 810 High Road and join us in making some pots in true old Tottenham style!

 

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Alternative Mark Making

Whilst we have tested mark making with stencils, glaze dipped material and sponging directly on to the pots, we had some a chance outcome on one particular pot which we had not even planned.

Whilst removing the pot from the mould, transfers of fingerprints were left and serendipitously fit with mapping the ‘hands on’ experience of the making process

We will be testing ways of highlighting these further over the next few days.  Using mark making tools and tearing into the pots also produced interesting outcomes

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All Mapped Out

With the regeneration process well underway, we feel it would be poignant to ‘map’ the area by inviting workshop participants to mark their territory and put themselves on the map as it were.

We are creating stencils of the local area to use as transfers to decorate the pots

Our tests produced interesting results

 

 

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Tall, Small and Somewhere In Between

As with our test bricks, our colour test pots have emerged out of the kiln

 

Some of the glazes have come out much darker than we anticipated but some interesting results nonetheless

 

 

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Firing Test Bricks

Our brick samples have emerged from the kiln

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Different firing temperatures producing different tones

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Although the paler ones are yet to be fired…all stacked up…

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Mark Making & Colour Testing

Our first batch of colour testing came out of the kiln today.  We have chosen four glazes to work with and they seem to work well with the clay

The next step was more fluid and we incorporated other materials in applying the colour such as thread, twine and muslin as well as dipping, layering and scoring into the glaze to reveal another layer underneath

We were pretty happy with the outcomes, but the real test will be how they look when they come out of the kiln…

We will continue exploring different ways to apply colour and mark making over the next few weeks to see which are the best and simplest ways in helping the community get started when they join us on our workshop days.

 

 

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