Here are some photos of the process
Over 600 people have been involved in making this mural so far and each of their first names has been written onto a handmade clay tile, so that it can be incorporated into the mural.
Old plastic crates are the best thing for storing and carrying the ceramics in. It is very heavy. The artwork is layered between sheets of crumpled newspaper and bubblewrap. Each crate has about 10 kgs worth in it. Here are two crates full of artwork which has been glazed and it ready to be taken to a kiln.
Here the names are being glazed and also some of the artwork. The glaze is a bit like powdered glass and it makes the artwork look white, till it goes into the kiln. When the kiln reaches the temperature of 1080 centrigrade, the glaze will be clear and the fabulous painted designs can be seen.
Here is my big bucket of glaze . . almost empty.
Here I was this morning, painting the last of the names onto the little handmade tiles.
This year a ceramic mural is being made at the Ballarat Rd Shopping Strip in Deer Park.
Brimbank Council, Deer Park Pharmacy and Gallery Sunshine Everywhere are joining forces to get this community made mural happening. Three local schools have been involved in making artworks for the mural; Deer park north, Deer park West, and St Peter Chanel.
The project has also involved community participation from local community members with workshops held at the Huntclub Community Arts Centre and the opportunity to work on the installation process.
The Mural will be officially opened in December 2014