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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

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

This arrived today !! Excited and slightly worried about where it's going to live !!! #kiln #newkiln #rohdekiln #ceramicart #ceramicartist #jamesbloomfield

The only way I can get work done is to set a workshop up with my little helper !!! #commemorativeplate #decoratingplates #1418now #jamesbloomfield

Amazing work in the plaster shop @darwenterracotta this is called Sledging or Running , using the horse to shape the still wet plaster @festival_of_making #industrialceramics #darwenterracotta #festivalofmaking #jamesbloomfield #plasterwork #faience #architecture #buildingrestoration

New kiln being commissioned and tested @darwenterracotta , hypnotic watching the gas burners fire in sequence. Hopefully my work will be the first through to christen the kiln!! #newkiln #industrialceramics #festivalofmaking #gasburners #hugekiln #jamesbloomfield

Casting today , this is the hopper holding the heavily grogged slip, I have 5 moulds casting and then larger pieces drying ready for firing. Will be able to reveal more soon only two weeks to go till we install outside Blackburn cathedral. #festivalofmaking #industrialceramics #ceramics #ceramicsculpture #slipcasting #slip #clay #sculpture #plastermoulds #blackburn #jamesbloomfield

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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/

'Informed by Darwen Terracotta’s dramatic history, his columns are a feat of manufacturing - reaching up to two metres tall and involving 32 makers, a 1,200 degree furnace and hundreds of litres of plaster. They form a record of the firm’s rise from the ashes of redundancy and preserve the spirit of friendship, protest and craft that still pulses through Lancashire’s veins.' 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 @richtymon #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/h

Earlier this year 9 artists were selected to take up residency in 9 local factories around #Blackburn, to create the #artinmanufacturing commissions seen at #festivalofmaking. They then used the factories materials - raw materials, waste materials or the manufactured products - to create an artistic response to the stories and heritage of the factory and its workers. 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 was 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

This is one of my favourite pieces from the work I did with @darwenterracotta for the @thefestivalofmaking . It is a ceramic slip cast bucket and paintbrush which is used to apply shellac varnish to the plaster moulds. The piece has a wonderful reactive glaze that changes in the light . Today I'm just in my home photo studio looking at shots before I get them professionally documented. #studioceramics #slipcasting #ceramics #ceramicsculpture #glazedstoneware #mouldmaking #museumobject #jamesbloomfield #festivalofmaking #darwenterracotta

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

And this is the large scale installation piece we made outside Blackburn Cathedral . It's great to see so many people interact and walk through the monumental columns . There are eight in total all modular each one representing a department of @darwenterracotta and each one displaying a ceramic tool of the worker , I wanted to celebrate the craftsmanship and skills of the worker that create great architectural and at the same time elevate the position of the worker. The piece is on display for today only so be great to see you today 11-5pm outside Blackburn Cathedral #blackburn #festivalofmaking #ceramics #jamesbloomfield #column #pillars #publicart #installationart #picoftheday #darwen #heritage #blanketeers #industrialceramics #ceramics

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

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

Taking moulds to casting , 2 weeks to go , two weeks to dry, and then fire the pieces I've been working on with the fabulous team @darwenterracotta , it's going to be close but I've got a good feeling ! The factory have put heart and soul into this project with everyone behind the idea and all working together , can't wait to show the monumental pieces that we've made and tell the story of DarwennTerracotta #festivalofmaking at Blackburn Cathedral in Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May. There is loads going on over the weekend so would be great to see some familiar faces ! #blackburn #artinmanufacturing #festivalofmaking #sculpture #monumental #clay #industrialceramics #ceramics #ceramicsculpture #plastermoulds #artiststudio #artistatwork #jamesbloomfield

Casting today , this is the hopper holding the heavily grogged slip, I have 5 moulds casting and then larger pieces drying ready for firing. Will be able to reveal more soon only two weeks to go till we install outside Blackburn cathedral. #festivalofmaking #industrialceramics #ceramics #ceramicsculpture #slipcasting #slip #clay #sculpture #plastermoulds #blackburn #jamesbloomfield

New kiln being commissioned and tested @darwenterracotta , hypnotic watching the gas burners fire in sequence. Hopefully my work will be the first through to christen the kiln!! #newkiln #industrialceramics #festivalofmaking #gasburners #hugekiln #jamesbloomfield

Today I am in the "Poly" room, learning the process of this very versatile medium and the importance of it in the timeline of @darwenterracotta for the @festival_of_making #architecturalceramics #industrialceramics #expandedpolystyrene #thermocut #festivalofmaking #jamesbloomfield

Amazing work in the plaster shop @darwenterracotta this is called Sledging or Running , using the horse to shape the still wet plaster @festival_of_making #industrialceramics #darwenterracotta #festivalofmaking #jamesbloomfield #plasterwork #faience #architecture #buildingrestoration

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