Contaminated Soils in Ceramicsexhibition Tue 2 – Fri 19 Oct 2018, 09:00 – 17:00
Reception - University of Exeter
Exeter EX4 4PY
- Free entry
An exhibition of ceramics, developed as part of the ongoing Creative Exchange Programme at the The Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at our Penryn campus is coming to Streatham campus.
Contaminated Soils in Ceramics forged links between scientist Dr Elze Hesse and ceramic artist Fleur Winter with the aim to bridge their fields through the use of research material and fired ceramics. Hesse is an evolutionary ecologist working on the use of bacteria in the remediation of metal-contaminated soils. Winter is a ceramic artist and teacher, working at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives.
Both partners are interested in Cornwall's rich mining heritage and its legacy of untreated mining waste. Their project explored how ceramics were affected by the addition of metal-contaminated soils. In particular, it used mine-degraded soils as additions to ceramic glazes and clay bodies. Selected soil samples, varying in their metal chemistry were fired in preparation for use in a Leach glaze recipe. Using slip casting processes, copies of labware such as beakers and petri dishes were created, each one numbered and bisque fired ready for glaze testing.
You can read more about the different tests and processes behind the various samples and firings and find out more about the ESI's Creative Exchange programme here.
The exhibition will be open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays from 2 to 19 October 2018. Entry is free.