Clay & processes

Dried cracked clay after the mould has been remove. Photo by Adrian Rawle
Louise and Dean working on the clay, street scene panels. Photo by Adrian Rawle
Louise and Dean working on the clay, street scene panels. Photo by Adrian Rawle
Clay and actual produce pressed into the clay. When the mould is removed the produce is discarded.
Clay and actual produce pressed into the clay. When the mould is removed the produce is discarded.

This poor frog was in a black rubbish bin at the wet market. It had been gutted and had no shape, so had to be stuffed with soft clay. Real objects have been cast in most of the clay panels. There are Lego pieces, coins, ropes, walnuts, durian, lychees, incense sticks and noodles . . .

Josephine Tang and Louise working on the clay panels. Photo by Adrian Rawle
Josephine Tang and Louise working on the clay panels. Photo by Adrian Rawle

Josephine is pressing a fish head into the clay. The large polystyrene block made a useful working-bench and a nice warm seat in the winter. If you look closely, you can see some Chinese medicine, cordyceps, small red plastic lanterns and a large black fungus mushroom - all ready for casting.

Unpainted, white FRP [Fibreglass Reinforced Plastics] casts freshly out of the moulds ready for priming and painting. Photo by Adrian Rawle
Unpainted, white FRP [Fibreglass Reinforced Plastics] casts freshly out of the moulds ready for priming and painting. Photo by Adrian Rawle
(left) Early stage painting the fruit stall panel, using acrylic paints (right) Detail of FRP durians, grapes and pineapples
(left) Early stage painting the fruit stall panel, using acrylic paints (right) Detail of FRP durians, grapes and pineapples