Approximately 80% of earth’s land surface contains clay. Our research into the geology of Silvertown show this too. Clay can be found from surrounding river banks, stream beds, road cuts, etc. London is also known for its historic geology in relation to clay.
My circular economy involves excavating clay from the ground next to Silo D, these excavations will form a quarry which will turn into a functioning area for guests which changes through seasons. The collected clay will be brought into the silo to go through the processes of making it usable for guests attending workshops or students visiting from UEL. Alongside this, the collection of plastics and all types of rubbish like broken kitchenware, bricks, tiles will also be collected from the banks of Thames or recycling centres. These will to be used as decorative textures and glazes. Above I have researched the types of machinery that may be needed for my project.
The project is in collaboration clients who will share their skills and techniques with guests who attend workshops. These clients include Alison Cooke and Manothos kalamentios. An artist residency is provided for collaborative clients. Guests are provided and have access to facilities including a cafe, retail shop selling pieces made in workshop and clay for guests to take home. There is also an interactive gallery showing the processes of ground clay to workable clay used in the workshops which becomes very educational for understanding how this material is made and reused. finally there are 4 clay workshops for guests to use- one dedicated to the UEL students. equipments for the workshops is provided for guests, they can choose to participate in a staff led workshop or a freestyle workshop. the staff led workshops are led by the artists staying at the residency, the freestyle workshops allow guests to do as they like individually or with friends.
The project involves the process of excavating clay and using it to create art such as ceramics, pottery and bricks. Increasing awareness of historic techniques and materials but also building a design based on social and therapeutic aspects.