Posts Tagged ‘building works’

Building works

Friday, January 16th, 2009

20090114_2360, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

These diggings invariably fill with water during the winter and provide a haven for wildlife of many varieties – water is always in short supply this far south.

New work - clay

Friday, January 16th, 2009

20090114_2349, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

The clay is then ground down to a finish paste inside a rock crusher and water added to produce a uniform but rough paste. This is put by hand into a simple mould, (coated with ashes to ease its leter extraction), and flattened with a wooden spatula.

New work - clay

Friday, January 16th, 2009

20090114_2355, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

New work - clay and floor tiles

Friday, January 16th, 2009

20090114_2337, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

New work - clay and floor tiles

Friday, January 16th, 2009

20090114_2338, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

New work - clay and floor tiles

Friday, January 16th, 2009

20090114_2359, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

It’s during this drying process that paw prints are sometimes added by various dogs and cats wandering over the tiles – I quite like them!

Clay and new floor tiles

Friday, January 16th, 2009

20090114_2341, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

Having dried for a certain amount of time – depending upon the season this can be between 2 days or three weeks – it is then stacked inside a furnace, …