Week Four involved a session with Architectural Masters Graduate Adam Watruss, who wrote his dissertation on the art of handmade bricks. Throughout the session Adam gave us a short presentation on the history and process of making bricks, including his site visit to Ibstock.
The second half of the session, Adam demonstrated the process he used to make handmade bricks and let us have a go.
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BRICKS
(1) Make a suitable mould which can be easily taken apart.
(2) Sand the mould and board
(3) Place an piece of off-cut clay on the board (off-cut will be produced from the previous brick)
(4) Grab a large piece of clay and squeeze it into a ball, trying not to get finger marks in it.
(5) Place the large ball onto the off-cut. Using both hands, gently place them either side and roll the clay forward and backwards lifting the clay off the board.
(6) Turn the clay to the side and place back down on the board, to ensure all three sides of the clay has sand on it.
(7) Form the clay to fit into the mould.
(8) Using your palm, hit the top side of the clay.
(9) Throw the clay into the mould.
(10) Use wooden boards to help get the brick out of the mould.
(11) Place the brick into the kiln.
GROUP C– Danielle Long, Joshua Bright, Marcin Solowinski,William Gibson