Maine Road Project, Manufacturing 25th June 2014
The design and manufacture stage of the Maine Road project is well under the way here at Craig Bragdy.
Once the design had been approved, work could then begin in transferring the art onto our clay. As mentioned in the first blog, a group of school children came together and created faces that would be placed on a mural at the old football ground in Manchester.
Before being laid onto the factory floor, the clay is pugged and de aired to ensure it has an immaculate working surface.
Once this has been done, a group of artists start transferring the design in this case ‘the faces’ and background texture onto the clay.
When the transaction of drawing, carving and modelling the surface is complete, it is then cut into tiles.
This is followed by numbering the tiles which is crucial for when laying the mural back out once it has been fired.
The clay is then sent for its first firing, the firing temperature will be 1240 degrees where the clay will then vitrify, which therefore means no moisture can penetrate through, it gives it strength, becomes frost proof and mildew is unable to grow.
Before being re- fired ‘Engobe’ (a mixture of clay and glaze) is then sprayed onto the surface of the clay, this creates a blank canvas so the artists can start building the colour and design.
The Maine road project is due to be installed in July, Craig Bragdy are looking forward to seeing the finished product on site, keep posted for the final installation pictures.