Day1 of Paper Kilm Firing with Manos Nathan

Kia ora whanau.. Hope you are all keeping busy and finding some time inbetween to relax. It has been a full on last couple of weeks for me with whanau stuff and mahi here at Toihoukura. Things have just begun to settle again after completing and submitting my garment for Cult couture (Fashion show in Auckland) and carrying on with the next projects for final exhibition.

A couple weeks ago the students of Toihoukura were blessed enough to have visiting Uku (Clay) Artist Manos Nathan who came to give a public lecture and spent a few days teaching us how to prepare and build a paper kilm from scratch as well as processes inbetween which effected the final outcome of the clay pieces installed inside kilm. Here are some of the images from the first day – the artworks before firing, preparing our materials and getting the base of the kilm set up.

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Here is where the hard work began for the team.. crushing recycled clay to a powder form and mixing it in a huge bucket with water and a huge stirrer on the end of a drill – called sygellata this was used to dip our newspaper in before layering on the outside of the kilm which you will see in later photos..

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Here Manos is painting another mix of sygellata to get a different effect in the firing…Experimentation is all part of the process.. you’ll never know if you don’t try it…

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Some of our handy helpers…

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Manos deciding on placement of the works.. a very important part before the firing process commences…

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Shelves stacked and ready to start building our layers for kilm…

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It was a wonderful way to observe and learn from one of the great Uku Artists descending from Te Taitokerau and Galippoli. We are very grateful for the time spent working alongside him.

Keep watching to see what happened the next day.. before closing up kilm and firing..

Nga mihi
Lee:)

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