Production of Ceramic skulls

I have started to produce the ceramic skulls for this piece of work. I have been very lucky to be able to produce these. Ceramic artist Marie Darkins at Magdalen Road Studios, where I work as studio manager, has kindly agreed to fire these for me.

Having worked out that I need close to 20 individual skulls, I have started the slow process of producing these individually one by one.

I want each to be different to accentuate the reality of individuality within mass graves. I have used old lace samples left to me by my mum in some, as well as knitted samples all different within each.

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Initial pieces before the initial firing.

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Lace detail before initial firing

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Knitted sample after initial firing

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Placing initial samples to visualise the finished piece of work.

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After the first firing I carefully painted black copper oxide into the fabric impressions to accentuate the textures and also to give an aged/decayed feel.

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Detail of copper oxide before second firing

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Lace detail after last firing. The earthy brown colour gives a really effective aged effect.

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Examples of the first batch finished.

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