I am very happy to see my work on the cover of Ceramics Ireland latest issue and to have my article published in this issue.
I was very happy to take part in this firing. The last firing of the Kerrygama was 4 years ago. This was a good opportunity to test the local materials in a woodfired kiln in this area. The pots were wood fired for seventy two hours using local spruce wood. I tested a native clay with nothing added to it, just a small amount of sand remived, from the Feothanach area. It will be useful in the future for woodfiring, the results showing promise. I also mixed this Feothanach clay with some refractory clay from a local bog. By combining the two clays, the pieces will have more fire strength, with less chance of slumping, and it can tolerate higher temperatures. I'm delighted to have this information now for the wood fire kiln I'm currently building close to my studio.
Observing the Wine Strand purple mudstone with elongated grey coloured 'rooting structures' (Rhizocretes)
Dated from Lower Devonian period 419 to 393 million years old. The geology of this the Dingle Peninsula is eternally interesting to me!
Estuarine clay from the Feothanach river estuary. Deposited over many years, and covering the now exposed bedrock. A coarse silty clay that I use. Some ingredients in this clay include a coarse sand of old red sandstone, siltstone, mudstone and quartz. A native clay from the Dingle Peninsula.