Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Chris Campbell

Poppies In London

Recommended Posts

Chris Campbell    1,088

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

 

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/4/5966507/800000-ceramic-poppies-turn-the-tower-of-londons-moat-red

 

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

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ayjay    119

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.

 

poppies-r_zps32893ea6.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Chris Campbell    1,088

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:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bill T.    4

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. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Celia UK    142

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pres    896

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bciskepottery    925

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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Chris Campbell    1,088

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Chris Campbell    1,088

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:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Chilly    331

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

 

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/4/5966507/800000-ceramic-poppies-turn-the-tower-of-londons-moat-red

 

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

 

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..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Benzine    611

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!"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
oldlady    1,323

sorry, marcia, she read what was written but the clay is not porcelain.  look at the following video and think of what you could do with that marvelous space they are working in!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Managed to visit before I had to leave London. I wanted to get up close but it was impossible without trespassing. Worth it if you are in London.

 

Clay always makes great multiples.

 

post-23281-0-02151600-1407847653_thumb.jpg

 

post-23281-0-02151600-1407847653_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×