Ouseburn Community Art project week 8

It was wet for Week 8, so we were indoors at Ouseburn Farm, with the door open and people coming in and out to collect gardening tools. It was a lovely, busy atmosphere, with noises coming from the chicks in the incubator in the room next door and from the goats, sheep, budgies and quail and cockerels outside. LC the black farm kitten was diving in and out of the room at regular intervals.

Curries Yard brick, with letters pressed into the wet clay.

Curries Yard brick, with letters pressed into the wet clay.

Brown Jug Yard brick with letters pressed into the brick, and white stain applied around.

Brown Jug Yard brick with letters pressed into the brick, and white stain applied around.

With little time remaining to do bricks, I decided to concentrate on two ‘lost’ Ouseburn places: Brown Jug Yard and Curries (or Currie’s) Yard. The Brown Jug was a public house. There are photos of horses kept in Curries Yard dressed for competition or display, with their manes plaited and wearing decorations such as horse brasses. I did try to draw one looking like that but it looked very odd in the medium of clay, more like a very bad drawing of an alien horse.

I wish we had another month or two of this project. I have lots of ideas that I would like to try and feel this was just a taster. It has been lovely to do some work with clay again. I did a lot on my art and design foundation year many years ago, and enjoyed the transformation of colours and textures from wet to fired clay. It is an extraordinary medium.

Being creative in the Ouseburn Farm environment has enabled us to interact with staff, volunteers and visitors there which has been great. I shall miss going there to make art.

 

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