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.
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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!
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!
Big thank you to Stuart Houghton Pottery based in Ledbury for firing these porcelain jugs as part of the Waterworks Museum pottery installation.
Our kilns here at Eastnor Pottery would struggle to reach the desired temperature to vitrify the surface of the pots. Stuart regularly takes his beautiful pots to 1280 degrees in his super duper, shiney new kilns designed to reach those higher temperatures.
Our kiln ‘doctor’, Mr Glyn Tilley, drives up from Abergavenny especialy to service our kilns. It’s always a pleasure to see Glyn, but his visits are becoming increasingly regular.
At the moment kiln no 2 seems to be overfiring at the bottom and burning our ceramics to a cinder. Just look at the colour difference of these two jug shapes. The one on the left was at the top of the firing and the darker one at the bottom of the pack. Grrrrr!
Always half full here at Eastnor Pottery, particularly when I get to play with these little brick clay vessels and a bowl of water! I’m enjoying how the pots look and feel as well as the accoustic effects acheived when they are either filled with or submerged in water.
This is what I’ve been looking at today with reference to The Waterworks Museum installation .