A sedimentary rock, formed by a confusing range of processes:
Sponges and other organisms taking silica from seawater to make their skeletons
Worms and echinoids (sea-urchins) burrowing in the chalk sea bed
Millions of years
Found, on a sunny Boxing Day, with two of the best people I know.
The place was unremarkable. "There are no beauty spots in Hertfordshire".
But the sun shone as we passed the place Amanda wrote her teenage diaries and made the acquaintance of a tree performing a very slow strip tease.
Clay bought from Valentines Clays.
A few days of pinching, shaping, smoothing, drying, shining, firing.
Bisque firing in our Shared Studio by Jo Ayre, British Ceramics Biennial Resident Artist and Studio Manager.
A few weeks of waiting.
A deep pit at Bleak House, dug by Stephen Snell. Pit packing and fire building by all the Clay Comrades.
A couple of days of smoldering.
and looking - to find beauty in the unexpected.