New wheel thrown work from the oxidation kiln this morning. I’ve been testing and refining recipes this fall, including new kaolinitic slips and ash glazes. As winter approaches the color palette and expression of the work slowly shifts to reflect the qualities of the season. In the coming weeks I’ll continue production in preparation of my winter online sale opening early December
Located a few kilometres away from the Thai-Burma border is Green Island, a 1,590-square-metre youth centre that provides educational services to migrant youth. The brief to Estudio Cavernas (@estudiocavernas ) was to create a public space to satisfy the needs of the community. The layout is divided into a community centre, football field, playground for kids and a food garden, harmonising with the big picture of creating a multipurpose space.
The firm trained members of the community for two years in sustainable construction techniques. This enabled them to source local materials by themselves. Using recycled teakwood, the migrants shared the construction load with the architects and designers, building their furniture on-site. The firm focused on a design that incorporated one single open space for security and child protection—they also made use of their signature style of creating triangular structures. #linkinbio
Photography: Denis Amirtharaj
Writer: Arya Chatterjee ...
“We hear so much about ‘food miles’, yet we hear very little about ‘material miles’ when it comes to shaping our homes. So I looked at what natural materials were available in our surrounding area, & allowed these to play a large role in generating the design. I wanted to challenge the assumption that natural building techniques & earth materials can only be used for making ‘hippie-hobbit-homes’, by showing that they too can shape a beautiful, simple, contemporary place to live.” ~ from a yarn between @nat.woods_ & I published in the latest edition of @paradiso_magazine_ (link in bio)
We rammed the walls using earth from a local quarry; built all the framing, cladding, decking & details from untreated Australian hardwoods grown within a 200km radius of the house; lined the ceiling with hoop pine ply grown & manufactured nearby in SE Qld, & used the offcuts to make all the joinery; made the retaining walls from columnar basalt collected from a local farmer’s paddock; used the clay excavated from the site mixed with local sugar cane mulch & sand to screed in the earthen floor; & @k.r.u.r.a made our beautiful door & cupboard handles from offcuts of copper pipe leftover from the plumbing!
Builder- primary structure: @balanced.earth
Builder- details & joinery: @sam___jolly , my Dad & myself!
Rammed earth: @rammedearthnational ...
"The future of India lies in it's villages" - Mahatma Gandhi.
Amidst the transition of village architecture from vernacular to modern, village houses are slowly losing their response to village life and it's effects on space.
To create a home for a farmer with a modest budget, we worked closely with the local labour in the village of Umberkhed, aiming to revive the dignity of village life and build a synergy amongst the villagers.