Glazing the Clay Feet

After the bisque firing we went to the Southport Ceramic Studio to see the clay feet. We were really thrilled with the way they turned out, with strong imprints of toes and feet.

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Everyone at the family day workshop had done a great job of rolling on the plants and there is a lovely mixture of both bold and delicate forms.

Glazing Clay Footprints (15)There are over 40 feet – including animal paw prints – that we will be able to choose from for the wall. We spent 3 hours painting on glazes and oxides and rubbing them into the delicate plant traceries.Glazing Clay Footprints (12)

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Under the guidance of Chris

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Then into the kiln for the final firing

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Once fired they look absolutely beautiful, especially against a plank of 7000 year old bog oak

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Next stage is building the wall…



Formby Footprints – Working with clay

  The Sefton Coast is an area of major archaeological and historical importance, one aspect of which is the Formby Footprints that date back to the late Neolithic era (7000 years ago). These human and animal footprints offer an insight into the people of that era, how they lived and what they did.

Inspired by this, Sian and Sarah are developing an idea which involves the contemporary inhabitants of Sefton creating modern footprints in clay – along with their pets.

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Working with the wonderful Don and Chris from Southport Ceramic Studio, Sian and Sarah are exploring techniques and processes for working with the clay, which include inlaying flora into the prints and looking at the different glazes and oxidizing finishes to enhance the final pieces.

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There will be two workshops attached to this sculpture which will be family friendly and open to the public. People will also be encouraged to bring their pets to create animal prints for installing into the sculpture – a reference to relationship between man and animal over time.

The workshops will be free but places will be limited so reserving a space is essential. Once a date and location have been verified there will a call out for bookings so please do keep an eye out on this website and the facebook page Coastline Traces 2015