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#1 Chris Campbell

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:04 AM

What do you all think of that amazing installation of ... CERAMIC ... hand made by humans ... Poppies around the Tower of London?

http://www.theverge....ondons-moat-red

Isn't it wonderful that potters making them are the center of attention.

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=58aX_EBwzr4

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:42 AM

Yes. It is a WWI commemoration. Beautiful installation.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:13 AM

So far, they've only installed about 120,000, the intention is to have all 800,000+  in place in time for Armistice day in November when they will stretch right around the tower.

 

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:20 AM

I watched the video but never saw any pics of them glazing ... just forming and firing.

Do you think the clay is red?? They look shiny and glazed close up.

I guess only potters want this much more info> :rolleyes:


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:21 AM

Awesome in regards to concept and purpose.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:36 PM

Wife and I were in London on Armistice Day several years ago visiting Westminster Cathedral.  All around the grounds were small areas recognizing each unit of their Armed Services that had fought in WWI.  Among the decorations were thousands of paper poppies and every one was wearing one.   It was quite a moving experience. 



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 04:48 PM

It looks like standard terracotta to me, but as you say Chris, no pics or mention of glazing. I have a friend who works for the Royal Towers so I'll try to find out and post again!

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 06:39 PM

What an a wonderful installation and celebration! Thanks for posting this moving set of images.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:07 PM

I watched the video but never saw any pics of them glazing ... just forming and firing.
Do you think the clay is red?? They look shiny and glazed close up.
I guess only potters want this much more info> :rolleyes:


From looking at the pictures, I would guess the poppies are painted red. The tumble bisque firing is a chore; imagine the work of a second glaze firing where each would have to be on stilts to allow all surfaces to be glazed?

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:10 PM

A bit of irony with this posting today; today is the anniversary of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:09 PM

I will be sure to visit this when I get to London next week!

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 09:24 AM

Ok Becky ... Your assignment is to get up close and see if you can tell if it is painted or glazed. Or maybe just ask a docent if there is such a person giving info.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:11 AM

More details at http://tinyurl.com/orjcwj5
Yes they are glazed

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:54 AM

That's an amazing feat in itself ... the bottoms look totally glazed with only one glaze firing ... looked like they each had two bar supports on the table while the glaze dried but those would leave marks in the firing. So interesting ... let alone the fact that they have a really great red glaze!

My notion is they must bisque fire higher than the glaze fire so they don't have to worry about slumping and the support can be merely to hold it up off the shelf.

UGH ... so curious ... I guess I could go volunteer to help :rolleyes:


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 07:24 PM

What do you all think of that amazing installation of ... CERAMIC ... hand made by humans ... Poppies around the Tower of London?

http://www.theverge....ondons-moat-red

Isn't it wonderful that potters making them are the center of attention.

https://m.youtube.co...h?v=58aX_EBwzr4

Thanks Chris for posting this and reminding me to check it out.  My friend mentioned it yesterday, it was the first I'd heard of it.   (But I have been camping for most of the past month.)

 

I made a poppy shaped holder that contains all the paper poppies I've ever had.  Some are faded, mouldy, shrivelled, but every year I donate for a new one, wear it for a few weeks then add it to the collection.  I'm very tempted to buy one of these ceramic ones and put it in the collection..


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 04:44 AM

Good thing I looked in here. Off to london today and have a few hours to spare. Have to get myself along for a look.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 08:38 AM

High Bridge, please report back!!

 

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 12:59 PM

I'd be interested in buying one, though the cost to ship it to the States is nearly as much as the item itself.  Still, the money does towards a good cause.

 

I watched the second video, on the making of the poppies.  Allow me to say, "Now that's a kiln!"


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:16 PM

This video said they were porcelain

http://www.usatoday....d-war/13567479/

 

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 07:38 PM

Chris, off you go and teach them how to do this in coloured porcelain, no need to glaze!






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