An exhibition of ceramics by the Associated Clay Workers Union (ACWU) held at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge today.
The ceramics, made of clay dug from 30 meters below London Bridge Station, are based on south London’s rail network and the history of the London Bridge area.
At 30 meters deep this clay was laid down approximately 54 million years ago, a time when London and Kent were under a warm, shallow sea, and the mountains of Wales had yet to be formed.
“London blue”, the clay is challenging to work with, prone to cracking and bloating. It has been rarely used in its raw form outside the brick-making industry.
ACWU decided to avoid mixing it with commercial additives and embrace the natural behavior of the clay.
The resulting works are collaborative efforts between them and the earth below.
ACWU members taking part are Stephanie Buttle, Alison Cooke, Bea Denton, Diane Eagles, Duncan Hooson, Amy Leung, Jo Pearl, Matt Raw.
For further information www.acwu.co.uk/London-Bridge-Clay-Project