Category Archives: diary fragments

Fire pit excavation. Diary 20 – 23 Nov 2015

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Fire still burning deep in pit after 3 days, thick layer ash covering, uncover clay forms over several more days, hands sift through ash, excavating, raven in sky overhead, deep cawing

fire leaves traces of touch on clay forms, smoke, fir tree resin, silt soils, irons, seawater/salt deposits on clay, like on shells, rocks in sea. Burnt olive oil cans iridescent colours, ash and charcoal remain, charcoal shows growing rings of tree, find shell on beach with similar ageing rings, lines of my skin layered in clay as I make.

Nov 21   dig half the ash out of the pit, return to earth around olive trees, rain coming

Nov 22/23  pit face, notice my shadow, lightness of ash, see visible and invisible images emerge

Pit fire. Diary 15 -16 Nov 2015

rachael mellors15 Nov  Pit fire of clay works, burn fig, bay, fir and hollyoak branches after we prune, clear the land

many clay pieces from summer making in the sea, soft again, collapsed, some erupting with salt crystals

dug deep pit, 6 big olive oil cans inside hold clay pieces, ones stored last years olive oil, opened, 2 to create reducting atmosphere, the other oxidising more pieces around cans, thick tree trunks, fir branches protecting, on top wet grass and mallow. Ignite fire with olive oil from bottom old cans

burn branches constantly til dusk, dancing leaves, fire blazing, crusts and flames, clay transforming, still air, little smoke. Fire burns bright through night, ash molten glow, quiet flames, new moon resting

16 Nov  big pile of ash, cans revealed, keep burning during day, burn fig tree branches and heaps of dried grass to smother and keep heat inside, wood deep in pit burns red

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Bone dance. Diary 30 Oct – 4 Nov 2015

30 October, dance with fire in wheel, feel my bones, feel my skeleton dance/move inside my flesh, watch in minds eye, feel boniness of body, holding clay, bright fire, bright energy

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Oct 31 Birth day, stand on seaweed beach as sun rises, rain drizzle, sun hidden by cloud, sing/voice to mountains, listen, turning of the year, make with clay on beach, bone like forms, give to sea, crashing waves take half the clay, immersion in the elements

walk along  beach, find bone eroded by sea, like forms I made at dawn, shell fragments washed and worn smooth by salt and water

dusk into night, darkness, talking to ancestors, bright fire sparks animate flames, I move in infinity, energy being, deep quietness in olive grove, owls calling, unseen animals rustle

2 Nov, two days of rain and storms, feel change from old to new

4 Nov, sun light bright, 24 degrees, meet man on Gargarou beach, collecting shells, he shows tiny long shells, found on beach fallen out of cliffs, revealed after storms

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Sea of unknowing. Diary 21 Sept 2015

Autumn equinox storm, torrential rain, hail and thunder, lightning bolt over head, feel on edge, feels cleansing storm, election, leaving behind old Greece, opening to the unknown

sudden end to my mornings working under the cliffs, too dangerous to gather clay now, sodden cliffs, heavy soil,  ending allows a new way of working to unfold.

walk beaches after storm, cuttlebones battered, some pecked by birds, some smoothed by sea

Sept 22  stirred sea, muddy, cliff fall, thrown off balance

spontaneity, when it cuts through the thinking and pre conceptions, it arises in me,  unity with sea, entering the sea of unknowing, touch the mystery

Sept 27  hard waves, making on beach under part of the cliff that feels solid

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Initials carved in cliff. Diary 12-17 Sept 2015

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Sept 12   more people make marks, initials incised with sticks and stones into the cliff face

cliff embedded with shells and fossils , some 5 millions years old

Sept 17   lumps of dried cracked clay fallen, embedded in seaweed on beach, crack some open,  cliffs change each day, more earth fallen, graffiti and marks integrated into cliff

Immersion. Diary 3 – 18 Sept 2015

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2 Sept  dawn, pink sea, slow steady ripples splash feet, dusty acrid smoky air, 3 fishing boats, sunrise dull fazy hazy grey pink, soft hues on cliff, subtle, delicate imprint

my body dancing tonight becomes the squeezing of clay I felt this morning on beach, the making of shapes, with my arms and hands, my body feeling like clay, my body fluid and solid

sharp rise of sun, glow to brightness, clear imprint. Limited time to work after dawn, fierce fire on my back, allows spontaneity, quickness of process. I make for an hour before sunrise, an hour after, sun fire feels burning at 8.30, wade through sea alongside cliffs