Wild London no 1 | By Nina Salsotto Cassina
Thrown at the wheel, fired to 1100°, unglazed.
Wild London clay foraged in Kent.
H. 19 x dia. 18 cm
London clay is the same clay that lies immediately underneath much of the city of London. It extends to Kent, Essex and Hampshire. The deposit was formed 50 million years ago in marine conditions and comprises kaolinite, illite, quartz and pyrite.
In its raw form this clay can be blue, brown or grey. It’s used commercially for bricks and tiles.
The clay was processed through a fine sieve, washed several times from soluble salts, thrown at the wheel and fired once to 1100°C.
The small superficial cracks don’t compromise the integrity of the vessel. Imperfections are part of the aesthetic choice of using wild clays.
About the Collection
The three Wild London vessels are made with wild London clay foraged in Kent in spring 2020. Whilst coming from the same deposit, the clay was treated in three different ways, to highlight the qualities, possibilities and limits of each wild London clay sample.
About the Maker
Nina Salsotto Cassina started the Unurgent Argilla project in 2019. She works exclusively at the wheel, with clays and rocks she forages in the wild and prepares by hand.
Her vessels maintain imperfections in the effort of abstracting the vessel as little as possible from its original earth. The aim is to carry a sense of place through natural materials.
Self-taught, Nina is also currently a politics doctoral student at SOAS and applies her training in academia to ceramics and material research.
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