Mayfield students work with Alien Ceramicist
Well-known ceramic artist Rob Sollis visited the School on Friday 24 February and helped two Year 13 students ‘raku’ fire some of their test pieces.
Raku is a Japanese firing process. Its literal translation is ‘comfort, ease or relief’. This is due to the very quick firing method. Pieces in the kiln are taken up to approximately 1000 degrees Celsius within 2 hours at which point, after visually assessing if the glaze on the ceramic pieces have melted enough, the pots are removed with tongs and smothered in sawdust. The extreme rise and fall in temperature puts great stresses on the ceramic pieces involved but as you can see below, beautiful effects can be achieved quickly.
The picture in the banner shows Mr Sollis and Mr Rees checking pieces in sawdust at Mayfield, and the pieces pictured below were created by Year 13 students, Olivia Chamberlain and Annabel Stevens.
Mr Sollis recently finished working for Ridley Scott on his upcoming prequel to Alien that is due to screen in June this year. He divides his time between his farm in Portugal and showing his ceramic work in Europe. A selection of his work and pictures of rural Alentejo can be seen on his website; www.rob-sollis.co.uk. Mr Sollis said of his visit to Mayfield: "It was a pleasure to visit the school and meet such polite and talented pupils. The facilities that the Ceramics Department have developed are mind blowing!".
Olivia Chamberlain, resist slip raku. 30cm x 30cm.
Annabel Stevens Raku bowl, Rob Sollis Glaze. 32 cm x 14cm
"It was a pleasure to visit the school and meet such polite and talented pupils. The facilities that the ceramics department have developed are mind blowing!".
Rob Sollis, Visiting Ceramicist. Pictured below are some of his pieces.