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Even as I was unboxing the collection of Musical Water jugs, young musicians and pottery lovers were on the scene, eager to trial the installation. The pots will be proper put through their paces on Sunday 26th July as the new interactive Water Park at The Waterworks Museum in Hereford gets it’s official opening by the Mayor of Hereford.
So, I’ve decided to sit the apples on their very own terracotta plinths. Here’s one with the addition of sound holes for added amplification.
Electronics supplied by Ashley Brown.
Creative photo session with a sackful of oversized ceramic apples, a bucket of pottery bones and genius photographer Kirsty Pye,
The amazing images will shape the promotional flyer to accompany the interactive installations in all three Hereford Museums, designed to signpost visitors to each venue.
I met with Noel, the Waterworks Museum’s Director on Monday and as is customary, we finished our meeting with a a stroll around the Waterpark to view progress.
It’s been a long time in the making but the Park full of pumps and pistons is nearing completion.
All the interactive activity stations have been built by the industrious team of volunteers and the final interpretation is being prepared at the printers.
The site officially opens on the 26th July 2015 and hopefully the Potter’s Bench (above) will be primed with Musical jugs and ready for action. Watch this space!
Think I’ve just found my designer for the project flyer!
The last time I smoked fired some pottery, it was with a load of excited 4 yr olds from Evesham Nursery School at their amazing Forest School site in Worcestershire.
It was great to re-visit the technique here at the Pottery and marvel at the way the smoke draws and designs across the brick clay surface.
These terracotta beauties will form part of the xylophone extravaganza destined for Coningsby Medieval Museum in Hereford.
Spent an inspiring day yesterday working with electronic wizard and creative Ash Brown installing technical gubbings into ceramic apples destined for the Cider Museum.
When you touch one of the bronze leaves, a note is emitted. You can play ’10 green bottles’ if you trigger the apples in the correct sequence. I cant profess to properly understanding how it all works – but it just does – beautifully!
I have been contemplating short, relevant and instantly recognisable tunes to encourage Museum visitors to interact with the work. Mainly for the interpretation – “See if you can play…..” that kind of thing.
We have 10 green bottles for the Cider Museum, Oranges & Lemons for Coningsby Medeival Museum and I proposed ‘Row row row your boat’ for the waterworks. When I mooted the idea with Museum director Noel and he came back with a much more suitable suggestion – this is what he had to say:
“The nursery rhyme tune we associate with the Museum is Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pale of water; Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.
This rhyme is most especially apt in these circumstances as the rhyme is thought to be an account of King Charles I’s attempt to reform the tax on liquid measures. When Parliament rejected his suggestion, he instead made sure that the volume was reduced on half- and quarter-pints, known as jacks and gills, respectively. This fits perfectly with your pots!”
Couldn’t agree more Noel!