Tuesday, 15 January 2013

MAC open to general public

On Tuesday 22 January, from 10am – 4pm, MAC will be open to general visitors outside St Andrews Library (pedestrianised square off South Street by Holy Trinity Church). Map here.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

The MAC bus

Photo by Chris Park
So here is the wonderful MAC bus, where our plates and cups "Made From Fife" are being shown along with works from 6 other artists, in the exhibition, "Kingdom of If". 

The bus will visit the schools, community centres and events like the Big Tent that books it. For information on where the bus will be going to, please contact FCA&C (01334 474610) and for information on how to book MAC, contact Janet Klak (08451 555 555 ext 472779).

Friday, 20 July 2012


All packed and ready to go aboard MAC...!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Lids for the drawers and backs for plates

I still have the display to finish.

Unloading the big glaze firing

In that big blue insulated box sits all of our glazed plates and cups...

Monday, 16 July 2012

Loading the big glaze firing

Everything has been glazed, ready to put in the big kiln. Nervous times indeed. "I'm putting all my eggs in one basket" by Ella Fitzgerald keeps singing through my head.

Unloading a biscuit

These are nervous times for us, as we get to the end of months of work and present our work to the kilns to do there bit. Through heat, soft pliable clay irreversibly transforms into a hard rock like substance. It is an amazing change, but can often present us with surprises.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Weighing the material sieved out of the clay

Here are all the stones, gravel, sand, twigs and leaves that was sieved out of our selection of clays, collected in a fine selection of containers found close to hand. The job today was to work out the exact ratio of waste to clay used in the making of each plate, so that we can represent how clayey the soil from our various locations in Fife is.

The long repair of QR codes on bisque plates

Some of the QR codes don't work on the plates taken out of the biscuit kiln a couple of days ago. Luckily, bisque is just soft enough to scratch with a scalpel. It is still hard work, though and takes me the whole morning.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Display construction

We decide to make a Scottish-style dresser in MDF. We had considered having a beautiful dresser made in Scottish oak, but we felt this might detract from the plates and cups, and they story that they are telling. It may be that an oak dresser will be required, but at least this dresser will act as a model for that one, in terms of getting the proportions and sizes correct.

Loading a biscuit, with last minute fixing of QR codes

One thing we realised from the bisque, is that the QR codes need to be accurate enough to give robust scanning results. This one wasn't working so well, so Christine made some adjustments before it went in the kiln.

Biscuit kiln unloading: what have we got???

Moments of truth. There is nothing quite like opening a kiln, especially when using new (to me) materials and I don't know how it is going to behave.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Cup making with all the clays

The above shows what we ended up with, and below shows how I made them. I am struck by the beautiful array of colours and the different clay textures. Some of the clays are difficult to throw with, which is partly why I chose this simple shape, but also because the shape is in keeping with the straight-forward nature of Country Pottery. The cups will be glazed inside and just a little over the rim - putting your lip against an unglazed clay surface can feel unpleasant, such is the sensitivity of our mouths and what we are used to.

Glamis Road Allotment clay plate making

Loading a biscuit kiln

In this kiln I am putting two Pillars of Hercules plates and two Clentrie Farm plates. There is an air of tension...

Review of the plates so far

Monday, 9 July 2012

First big decorating night - Pittormie Farm plate

This post shows how the QR codes are printed onto the plate, using the laser cut foam stamps.

First big decorating night - Pillars of Hercules plate

First big decorating night - Crail Beach plate

First big decorating night - Clephanton Farm

First big decorating night - Clentrie Farm plate

First big decorating night - Reekies Garage plate

First big decorating night - general scenes

The pressure is on to decorate these plates so that we can get them delivered on time, so there is a long night ahead of us...