Having decided to design a workshop for slip cast ceramics, I researched local makers to base a case study on. I arranged a visit to Harriet Elkerton’s Studio in the market town of Thame, Oxfordshire. The purpose of seeing a ceramicist at work in their own studio, was to observe the ergonomics and theatre of the working space at first hand. Harriet’s studio is situated in a converted garage. I found the methods Harriet uses to produce unique forms particularly interesting. More information can be found here.
Upon discovering that my project site was once occupied by a mill, my tutor Toby encouraged me to visit a working example of a watermill. By coincidence I had recently watched a documentary about the River Thames, in which Jeremy Paxman visited a local watermill at The Maple Durham Estate in South Oxfordshire. This seemed like the ideal place to visit as it was only a 15 minute drive away. My visit was in the middle of june, and although the mill was out of use (due to a broken part), I gained an insight into the mechanics of a mill and concluded that the object that I had previously found on site in Oxford, could have been one of the many cast iron parts of a working mill.
My first design project will be in the city of Oxford. The chosen site is the area around a small slither of land forming an island in Castle Mill Stream, a backwater of the River Thames that runs through the western part of town, flowing next to St George’s Tower at Oxford Castle.
Design projects will be…1. Instrument; 2. Di-section; 3.Workshop.