• Wattle and Daub Exhibition

  • 10 April 10:00 - 21 April 16:00
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  • Helen and Hilary have been exploring the connections between the two ancient skills of willow and ceramics. This exhibition is the story of this process, with a selection of work created along the way:


    “A material formerly or traditionally used in building walls, consisting of a network of interwoven sticks and twigs covered with mud or clay.”- Oxford English Dictionary

    Woven coppice rods (wattle) coated with a mixture of clay, straw, dung and other materials (daub) were used historically for house walls, ovens and simple pottery kilns. This method is making a come-back in the construction of sustainable housing today. Archaeologists look for remnants of ancient sites to piece together stories of peoples’ lives, and historical evidence is revealed by the impressions of wattle-work in burnt daub, and by shards of ceramics found in ancient settlements.

    Over the last year, Hilary Duncan and Helen Jackson have been investigating the ancient connections between ceramics and basket-weaving. Using their understanding of primitive building techniques, they constructed a wood-fired kiln, which they used to fire clay vessels created in formers made from perishable materials such as grasses, rushes and willow.

    Throughout this collaboration, Hilary and Helen have been reminded of the functionality of their crafts and the skill of the maker in the everyday needs of our lives – from making a water-tight vessel, to a rodent proof basket for storing and drying grain and a house to live in.

    This exhibition is the story of their collaboration, with a selection of work created along the way and various workshops throughout- full programme and booking available through the Barn website.

    Opening party at the Barn Tuesday 10th April, 1800-1930
    Closing Event Saturday 14th April 12pm-2pm