Please enjoy a some process photos, I present to you:
SARGADELOS — THE WORKSHOP
As per usual, it took me some days to get my stuff together. Solitary time was scarce — which is what I need in order to clarify a direction.
We had access to the finest high firing clays bodies: porcelain, stoneware and a highly grogged refractory paste. Free range — no teaching, not too many questions and just a few rules and guidelines. Being someone who works better within constraints I created some of my own. So I made a space, collected some plants, weeds to be specific and gum leaves (which are abundant in Galicia) from there contemplation began.
I decided I was there to one: enjoy, two: meet some wonderful folk and three: experiment and play with clay, namely porcelain with which I would like to work primarily…in the not too distant future.
On returning to the studio I cleared a bench and things went steadily. In total we really only had about 10 days to work. With the firings taking up last week and the public holidays cutting into the course. No complaints though — it was great to have time to adventure! (See the adventures on my other blog pixpixnix.wordpress.com).
I worked a little on the wheel to begin with — there were 3 wheels — 2 converted kick wheels and one true, traditional, real deal kick wheel! JOY! I made a few pieces on this one, just to give it a shot. I was impressed with the momentum— you can reach a high speed which is maintained for surprisingly long — best to wear closed shoes though.
This workshop has been running since 1972 was once a marvellous melting pot of round table discussions and glorious living conditions in tents next to the luxurious factory pool. With the crisis however, things have changed. Half the buildings are not in use, the pool has been drained, sales have slowed, production has been cut and many people have been made redundant. Without question, the stresses of this difficult time seep through at every level within the company and the mood is undoubtedly low… as with many businesses in this region of the world, there are many unknowns and people are just holding on. On saying that — I still think it was wonderful and would go back in an instant!