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#21 oldlady

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:30 PM

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!


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Posted 09 August 2014 - 01:39 PM

Thanks, Old Lady.

I did see another video a week or so ago. But you're right about it not being porcelain.

 

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:49 AM

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.

 

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:51 AM

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:53 AM

I should have made these smaller than 500kb  :huh:

 

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 06:23 PM

THANKS!
How did it feel to be there and see it?

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:17 PM

I posted another video on Facebook. They are glazed.
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Posted 18 August 2014 - 04:16 AM

Hi everyone,

 

By way of introduction my name is James Otter and I am a director at Potclays Limited here in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK (www.potclays.co.uk). We are a family owned and operated clay manufacturer and have been in the clay mining and processing business for 82 years.

 

I am unbelievably proud to say that all of the clay being used for the project is supplied by Potclays and is called Etruscan Red (Sanded) (159-1139S) it's a slightly sanded, red earthernware clay that is being fired right up to 1280C (very high given its recommended maturity is up to 1260-1270C).  The poppies have been finished in a number of ways but the bulk are being fired with a high temperature red glaze identified just for this project - Poppy Red.

 

There is quite a bit of input from the USA in that the machinery that we supplied on which the clay is rolled out by the teams consists of slightly modified Northstar slab rollers and a substantial amount of firing is being undertaken using L&L kilns.

 

The poppies are being fired at two sites in the UK namely Derby and Stoke-on-Trent. At derby there are a number of kilns in action including a state of the art L&L 100cuft Davinci bell lift kiln. The Stoke poppies are being fired in an industial gas roller kiln usualy used for tile making. Amazingly, on the industrial roller kiln a poppy can be fired up to 1280C and cooled to 50C in under an hour!

 

As of two weeks ago over 400k poppies had been biscuit fired and now with two facilities in operation the output has increased dramatically bringing the goal much closer.

 

We are pleased to play a small part in such a great project which is a fitting tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives.

 

I hope that provides a little more insight into the practicalities of the project but don't hesitate to contact me and if I can help I will.

 

All the best

 

James



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Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:13 PM

THANK YOU James for taking the time to inform us. This project has been inspiring in more ways than one ... Inspiring admiration for the talent, respect for the size of the project and about a thousand process questions.

I surely hope someone is documenting the whole project on film!

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 01:11 PM

I went to London today to see the poppies at the Tower. Mind-blowing. They are standing shoulder to shoulder all the way around the moat except for one small area, and I'm sure that will be filled by next Tuesday. They represent the 888,246 British and colonies military fatalities during WW1. To see them massed makes you realise just how many men lost their lives. We will remember them, we WILL remember them.

 

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 01:12 PM

And another photo - I've made them smaller, but if I make them any smaller you won't get the scale.

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 01:24 PM

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 03:31 PM

888,246

 

It's so hard to get my head around this number ... that likely doesn't include later in life deaths from shell shock, poison gas and suicide.

What is amazing is that they went on to fight another.

I don't see the poppies worn in the States, but they certainly are in Canada.


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 05:44 PM

My sister in law went recently to see the installation with her two sons. Said it was amazing. Sent pictures but the ones posted here are better. I wonder who came up with this idea? It is a really beautiful one and extremely successful both visually and conceptually....



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Posted 06 November 2014 - 06:37 PM

888,246

 

It's so hard to get my head around this number ... that likely doesn't include later in life deaths from shell shock, poison gas and suicide.

What is amazing is that they went on to fight another.

I don't see the poppies worn in the States, but they certainly are in Canada.

Chris;

I wasn't aware that Americans didn't wear the poppy. In Canada, all of us wear them, right from little children up to grandparents. Some people wear a white poppy, but most of us wear red.Monday is Remembrance Day. Tuesday, schools are off.

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 06:44 PM

Nope TJR, I had never heard of the poppy thing, until this topic.  We have Veteran's Day on Tuesday, but that's about it.  My district still has school, but we have a big program, where all the schools come to the High School gym, and the Veterans are invited and honored.  Some schools don't even do that much, and it's just another day.


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 07:57 PM

888,246
 
It's so hard to get my head around this number ... that likely doesn't include later in life deaths from shell shock, poison gas and suicide.
What is amazing is that they went on to fight another.
I don't see the poppies worn in the States, but they certainly are in Canada.

Chris;
I wasn't aware that Americans didn't wear the poppy. In Canada, all of us wear them, right from little children up to grandparents. Some people wear a white poppy, but most of us wear red.Monday is Remembrance Day. Tuesday, schools are off.
TJR.

Nope, no red poppy lapel pins here ... must be a British Empire thing. I do miss seeing them and being reminded that there are people to thank for our Freedom. Who can forget " In Flanders Field the poppies grow ...." ... a poem we had to memorize in school.

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 09:00 AM

This must be a British Commonwealth thing. I know they wear poppies in England and Australia.

We celebrate Remembrance Day at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Always November 11. We will have a service on Monday. Usually something to promote peace. Then Tuesday we are off.

It's more poignant this year, as a man tried to get into the parliament buildings with a gun. A guard was shot and killed before the assailant was taken down. The guard was the single parent of a 6 year old boy.

It is a different world that we live in.

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 09:12 AM

I'm surprised to find that the Americans started the use of remembrance poppies.

 

From http://en.wikipedia....membrance_poppy

The remembrance poppy (a Papaver rhoeas) has been used since 1921 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war. Inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields", they were first used by the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers who died in that war (1914–1918). They were then adopted by military veterans' groups in parts of the former British Empire: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Today, they are mainly used in the UK and Canada to commemorate their servicemen and women who have been killed in all conflicts since 1914. Small artificial poppies are often worn on clothing for a few weeks prior to Remembrance Day/Armistice Day (11 November). Poppy wreaths are also often laid at war memorials.

 

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