In this session, we were shown the process of hand throwing bricks.
Tools & Materials:
- Wet Clay
- Brick Mould
- Pallet board
- Metal Bow
- Firstly, prepare the mold (wooden.) This should be made to standard size of a brick. Secure the mold with clamps onto the worktop.
- With a brush, wet the inside of the mold thoroughly and dust with sand.
- Sand the worktop and prepare the clay. dig the required amount of clay and flatten to the size of a normal brick.
- Then, place more clay into the centre of the existing clay. Place the palms of your hands on each side of the clay (in the centre), putting pressure downwards.
- Keeping your hands in place, tilt your hands forward and back.
- Place hands flat under the sides of the clay (to not make imprints into the clay) and lift the clay upwards.
- Wrap the two folds of clay around the centre.
- Turn the clay 90 degrees to the right and flip on its head so all sides are covered in sand
- With your left hand, give a sharp blow to the left hand side of the brick (this makes sure that the brick fits nicely into the mold.
- Lift the brick to eye level and drop into the mould.
- Using a metal bow, scrape any residual clay off the top
- Sand the worktop again and play the residual clay onto the worktop (which will be used as the base of the next brick)
- Lift the mold up and hit the corners on the side of the worktop to loosen up the brick from the mold.
- Place mold onto worktop and gently lift mold away from the brick.
- Put the finished brick onto the pallet board
- The raw brick should be kept to dry until moisture level is at around 5 %
- It is then ready to be cured in an oven (kiln.)
Group members: Nowshin, Rousan, Heba & Rich.