The Terracotta Factory

I took my 12 year old son to the factory where they make my red terracotta range and he took these photos.  

I'm intrigued by the detail that he's focused on, not capturing the bustling atmosphere of a factory but of the quiet detail of the process.  Here you can see the moulds lined up ready for slipcasting, the traces that the dark chocolatey slip has left on the surface, the antiqued colour of the stained moulds and the fur of the silica salts that have seeped through the mould and reside on the sides of the plaster.  Even the freshly cast jugs seem to be drying quietly, majestically.  He's captured the unexpected detail, not focusing on the snip of the jug, but the patience required in the production line.

small 6.jpg
small 1.jpg
small 3.jpg
small 5.jpg
small 4.jpg
small 7.jpg

Photography Zak Tildesley

Sue Pryke1 Comment