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!
Poppies In London
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 18 August 2014 - 04:16 AM
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
Posted 18 August 2014 - 03:13 PM
I surely hope someone is documenting the whole project on film!
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