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Really enjoyed talking @homemcr today for @manifestartsfestival , lovely to hear from so many interesting projects and artists!
Thanks to the Manifest team for having me, and well done for a great festival !!! Here's to 2019!! #manifestfestival2017 #homemcr #jamesbloomfield

All 3 of the plates painted up this morning for the #InService installation @salford.museum by artist in residence #JamesBloomfield. A lovely way to spend a Friday morning.

Here are some of my new pieces that I made while artist in residence @darwenterracotta for the @thefestivalofmaking . It is only open for one more day ....today 11-4pm at Blackburn Cathedral #blackburn #festivalofmaking #ceramics #jamesbloomfield

So blessed to have the chance to cook with these two all week. #fortheloveoffood #rockymountainhigh #jamesbloomfield #kimryan

Mixing glazes from 100year old recipes for the @thefestivalofmaking with @darwenterracotta 1 week to go before I can reveal what I've been working on !! #ceramicsculpture #glazing #industrialceramics #festivalofmaking #jamesbloomfield

Great opening launch at Churchgate House - nice to see so many friendly faces and show some new work . This piece always makes me smile when I see it out - it's small but seems to shout out for attention when on display ...#waltwhitman #ihearamericasinging #nike #vietnam #coltpeacemaker #ceramicsculpture #jamesbloomfield

Here's some in progress shots, it's a three stage process to get an even covering and then touch in any bits of glaze that get damaged. By the end of the day I had it down to about a minute a plate which is pretty good !! #ceramics #dipglazing #glaze #industrialceramics #ineedanassistant #jamesbloomfield #salfordmuseumandartgallery

So proud to have been lucky enough to be part of the very first festival of making , it's been a wonderful experience and I have learnt so much ! Met some truly amazing generous people and shared a real friendship and camaraderie with my fellow artists , manufacturing partners and festival organisers ! Well done to everybody involved ! bring on next years!!! #festivalofmaking #darwenterracotta #jamesbloomfield #mikedrop

Today we helped James at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, painting 226 plates each one details one of the 226 battles that have taken place since WW1. The plates are each hand made, hand painted and will be fired with the help of @darwenterracotta who partnered with James at @thefestivalofmaking in the #artinmanufacturing project this year. Each plate will then go into circulation in the fab Museum cafe for 226 days. We went and painted ten between us - a teeny chink out of this massive task! #Ceramics #participatoryart #paintingplates #participatoryart #commemorativeplates #participatoryart #manchester #salford #contemporaryceramics #handmade #handpainted #jamesbloomfield @jamesbloomfield_art @salford.museum

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Here's some in progress shots, it's a three stage process to get an even covering and then touch in any bits of glaze that get damaged. By the end of the day I had it down to about a minute a plate which is pretty good !! #ceramics #dipglazing #glaze #industrialceramics #ineedanassistant #jamesbloomfield #salfordmuseumandartgallery

My kiln working hard in this hot weather test firing plate glazes , 2nd firing this week, hopefully getting closer to a perfect result. I love looking down into my studio and seeing the glow of the vent and spy hole!
#1020degrees #rohdekiln #testglaze #ceramics #kiln #jamesbloomfield

Experimenting with firing times this week, a difference of 40 degrees makes a massive different between the finished colouring of the plates. The one on the right is 1040 degrees and 50 minute soak, the one on the left is 1000 degrees and 30 minutes soak. Each cycle takes 24 hours to complete so need to get this right as I will hopefully be firing around 200 plates in one go @darwenterracotta next Monday ready for my install @salford.museum next week!! Nothing like a bit of last minute pressure!!! #ceramics #kilntemperature #inservice #1418now #platedecorating #platedecoration #salfordmuseumandartgallery #jamesbloomfield #nopressure

Really enjoyed talking @homemcr today for @manifestartsfestival , lovely to hear from so many interesting projects and artists!
Thanks to the Manifest team for having me, and well done for a great festival !!! Here's to 2019!! #manifestfestival2017 #homemcr #jamesbloomfield

What a week !!! Over 60 volunteers over 5 days and completed 176 plates ! Thank you to everyone who came down and painted, chatted and painted a plate ! It's been amazing to work at Salford museum gallery all week and I have met some truly wonderful and talented people. Today I had a microbiologist, someone from my foundation course 20years ago, a father and son from Slovenia a young girl from Russia and 20 other fabulous people!
Here is s small selection of people who took part today. I will now finish the remaining 50 plates (maybe enlist some more family and friends) and then get them glazed and ready for firing at the fabulous Darwen Terracotta!
As you know once fired the plates will be ready to go into regular dinner service at the Museum cafe to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele o the 31st July.
Thank you again to everyone who took part this week I couldn't of done it without you! (Speacial thanks to the cafe team who kept me stocked up with brews and biscuits!!) #1418now #inservice #ww1 #contemporaryart #ceramics #volunteers #salfordmuseumandartgallery #jamesbloomfield #intervention

All 3 of the plates painted up this morning for the #InService installation @salford.museum by artist in residence #JamesBloomfield. A lovely way to spend a Friday morning.

Today we helped James at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, painting 226 plates each one details one of the 226 battles that have taken place since WW1. The plates are each hand made, hand painted and will be fired with the help of @darwenterracotta who partnered with James at @thefestivalofmaking in the #artinmanufacturing project this year. Each plate will then go into circulation in the fab Museum cafe for 226 days. We went and painted ten between us - a teeny chink out of this massive task! #Ceramics #participatoryart #paintingplates #participatoryart #commemorativeplates #participatoryart #manchester #salford #contemporaryceramics #handmade #handpainted #jamesbloomfield @jamesbloomfield_art @salford.museum

Today we helped James at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, painting 226 plates each one details one of the 226 battles that have taken place since WW1. The plates are each hand made, hand painted and will be fired with the help of @darwenterracotta who partnered with James at @thefestivalofmaking in the #artinmanufacturing project this year. Each plate will then go into circulation in the fab Museum cafe for 226 days. We went and painted ten between us - a teeny chink out of this massive task! #Ceramics #participatoryart #paintingplates #participatoryart #commemorativeplates #manchester #salford #participatoryart #handmade #handpainted #jamesbloomfield @jamesbloomfield_art @salford.museum

I'm here at Salford Museum and Art Gallery , kettles on , plates ready to be painted , I will be posting a running total of daily plates completed, first one lined up !!! See you soon !!! @salford.museum
#platedecoration #ww1 #1418now #salfordmuseumandartgallery #jamesbloomfield #ceramics #contemporaryceramics #contemporaryart

Banding plates this evening on a heavily modified crayola spinaroo, it has strimmer blades to keep plates in position secured with super strength blu tac. It's all very technical , I have done 24 in under an hour , I will then begin marking out the lettering .... #ceramics #ceramicplates #potteryhacks #potterywheel #ceramicstudio #spinaroo #crayola #shedstudio #jamesbloomfield #saturdaynight

Good day yesterday on the plate commission , I have around 40 plates banded, stamped and numbered for day one of the mass participation weeklong workshop at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, I will try and get another 50 done this weekend. If I get 40 plates a day decorated I should reach my 200 target by the end of the week!
Some of the the conflicts I've never heard of and they have a staggering number of fatalities , and then there are the second and third of these conflicts too. 226 global conflicts in 100 years.
Please come down and say hello , decorate a plate and make your mark in history!
Salford Museum and Art Gallery July 3rd to the 7th 10am till 3pm - no need to book just pop in to the cafe area .

#ww1 #1418now #salfordmuseumandartgallery #workingclassmovementlibrary #ceramics #installationart #contemporaryart #plates #platedecoration #commemorativeplate #conflict #peace #jamesbloomfield #shedstudio #artiststudio #artworkshop

Just found this image while looking for something else ....I hear America Singing v.02 2015 inspired by the Walt Whitman poem. Ceramic slipcast colt revolver pit fired in reclaimed CHEP lumber pallets #contemporaryart #ceramics #sculpture #waltwhitman #pitfired #jamesbloomfield

Well under way with the final phase of my Fighting Resistance project with @salford.museum and @wcmlibrary . The project will culminate with the creation of 226 commemorative plates each one representing a global conflict since the war to end all wars as part of the centenary of WW1. More information to follow .....So I am in production....222 to go ...#ceramics #1418now #commemorativeplate #salfordmuseumandartgallery #workingclassmovementlibrary #jamesbloomfield #installationart #rubberstamp #industrialceramics #plates #delftware #cobaltblue #pottery #contemporaryceramics #contemporaryart #beeskeepbuzzing

Here are some behind the scene shots from my recent commission for the @thefestivalofmaking with @darwenterracotta . I love the colours of the glazes when the sun shines , and it did shine that weekend ! #festivalofmaking #sunshine #ceramics #ceramicsculpture #glaze #blackburn #jamesbloomfield #manchester #beeskeepbuzzing

This is cast of Radic's spray gun that he uses to apply glaze to all the pieces that come out if @darwenterracotta . He will glaze hundreds of pieces a week making sure that they are covered to the mm with the correct amount. This piece was a fail that was taken out of the mould too early and the bottle began to collapse , I loved the way the liquid clay started oozing and quickly put it into the dryer to capture its movement. The glaze to this piece applied by Radic is beautiful with small crystalline blooms in blue all over the piece , it also reminds me of Ridley Scott's ALIEN for some reason ! #aliencovenant #glaze #spraygun #ceramics #contemporaryart #contemporaryceramics #industrialceramics #sculpture @thefestivalofmaking #jamesbloomfield #clayobjects

This is a slipcast ceramic tape measure taken from Neil's workstation , Neil packs up all the finished faience @darwenterracotta and gets it ready to ship around the world. His work station is immaculate and ultra organised! With pages of tiles and blocks all packed in numerical order! I was fascinated by the way the blocks were packed and ordered so that they would be easy for the contractors to install on site. The packing was an art form in itself !! #ceramicsculpture #ceramics #slipcasting #museumobject #festivalofmaking #darwenterracotta #sculpture #clay #clayobjects #jamesbloomfield

Walking the factory floor, Bloomfield was drawn to workers’ individual stations and their personal sets of small bespoke handmade tools, each specific to a job. His cast replicas of their tools are a celebration of the influence of the hand in modern manufacturing and assert that the machine, however powerful, cannot take away the process, skill and experience of the worker.

Today we are featuring Of Heart and Hand by @jamesbloomfield_art . This was created in response to his time in residency with the employees of @darwenterracotta and exhibited in a public space at Blackburns Cathedral Square. Art in Manufacturing took place at @thefestivalofmaking in partnership with @superslowway produced by @decopublique @placeshakers @heritagelotteryfund @aceograms Keep following our feed to find out more. Photo @jamesbloomfield_art #festivalofmakingblackburn #jamesbloomfield #sociallyengagedart #terracotta #heritagestories #ceramicart #sculpture #faience #manufacturingstories #madeinblackburn #slipcasting #worktools #publicart
Read the full story here: https://festivalofmaking.co.uk/projects/art-in-manufacturing/

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