Kia ora whanau, hope you are all enjoying the beautiful day wherever you are especially if you are in Te Tairawhiti – it is pumping.
Heres the update on the last day of our kiln firing with Manos Nathan.
There was a lot of interested folk coming to see what was happening over the three days. Here we have Derek Lardelli – one of our Principal Tutors at Toihoukura and Dave Cameron – Uku (clay) artist and Ex Graduate of Toihoukura assissting in this process.
Early that morning Manos cut the top of the kiln to let the heat out and allow the inside to cool down befor we could even think about touching the artworks inside.
Here you can see the inside of the kiln and the layers of paper that made up the kiln also the silhouette left by the wood that once stood in the sides of the kiln.
Manos Nathan and weaving mentor/tutor Tina Wirihana discussing some of the processes the kiln had been through…
Manos getting ready to pull out one of the pieces from inside the kiln and put it in water which gives the clay another effect.. also safer than pulling it out into the cool air…
After waiting a couple hours for the works to cool these were the results of our firing.. beautiful effects on both the red and white clay pieces…
Most of these works were painted with a coat of sygellata (a mix of clay and water) giving them a slightly different colouring to what they’d look like plain bisqued and the black came from the sawdust put into and around some of the works in the kiln….
I hope that gave you a little insight into some of the processes involved when working with uku (clay).