Wednesday, 3 February 2016

1st Feb
All is happening according to plan so far, the assistant at the studio Milan Singh has close to 2 tons of clay ready, the glazes have been tested on raw clay and few slips have been made. We have the metal frame fabricated for a kiln Thiebaut has designed and over 300 porcelain buttons are ready for it. There is plenty of wood and the bricks are stacked up. But will all go according to schedule?

We start the day with a meeting trying to sort out the many unanswered practical questions: How much clay will each of us want? What were we thinking of making and will we have enough kiln space? How are we going to dry and fire the works? What solutions will we find to make and finish our works- glazes or slips? 

By the end of the day many things had sorted themselves out Kathy, Naidee and Alvin decided to work at the Maihar studio  and navigated the issue of only one functional wheel and the non-plastic clay. Thiebaut, Jacques, Sandy and Madhvi  worked at the Art Ichol space, 7kms away and had figured out how to dry the excessively wet clay and mix rice husk into it to start building. Jacques had spoken to the local brick-layers for his project and Madhvi had gathered the cow dung chips and hay that she needed. We definitely do not have enough clay or kiln space but work has begun! 

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