Seth Czaplewski
MFA 2014
Washington
University in St.
Louis
Recycling through ceramics
Paper
Unused clays left in a group studio,
contaminated clay, excavated clay from a
building pr...
Not only to
reduce waste
as a
ceramicist, but
to interact with
the public
about
sustainable
practices.
Technical
Artistic
Paper clay and Paper slips
Paper clay (cone 10) Paper slip (cone 6)
Paper pulp (to taste) 80 LBS water
Sand (to taste) Min...
Artistic examples of paper slip
-Clay abandoned in a group
studio,
-Contaminated clay,
-Excavated clay from another
project
Cob
• Clay
• Sand
• Straw
What can be done with wad, wash,
and abandoned ceramics
Bio Char
Tera Preta
Black Earth
Activated Charcoal
-Heat without oxygen under 1200F
- Can be done in a barrel, kiln, a hol...
Why make Bio Char?
• It sequesters atmospheric carbon in the
ground
• It helps eliminate toxins in the ground and
water
• ...
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski
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Student Perspectives Lecture: Clay Strategies for Sustainability and Tactics to Build Long-term Personal Relationships

This presentation covers technical and artistic examples of leading a more sustainable ceramic practice: including recycling paper in clay, cob studio and furniture, and using wad/wash in biochar. Also the strategies and tactics, in conjunction with a sustainable practice that lead to long-term relationships between the artist and the public.

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NCECA 2014: Seth Czaplewski

  1. 1. Seth Czaplewski MFA 2014 Washington University in St. Louis
  2. 2. Recycling through ceramics Paper Unused clays left in a group studio, contaminated clay, excavated clay from a building project Wad, wash, unwanted and broken pots - Paper - Clay abandoned in a group studio, contaminated clay, or excavated clay from another project - Wad, wash, unwanted and broken ceramics
  3. 3. Not only to reduce waste as a ceramicist, but to interact with the public about sustainable practices.
  4. 4. Technical
  5. 5. Artistic
  6. 6. Paper clay and Paper slips Paper clay (cone 10) Paper slip (cone 6) Paper pulp (to taste) 80 LBS water Sand (to taste) Minimum 3 pounds Paper pulp 36% Hawthorne Bond Fire Clay 25% EPK 18.5% EPK 25% Ball Clay 18.5% Gold Art 25% Silica 9% Ball Clay 25% Neph SY 9% XX Sagger Suspension agent of choice 9% G200 I use Darven 11
  7. 7. Artistic examples of paper slip
  8. 8. -Clay abandoned in a group studio, -Contaminated clay, -Excavated clay from another project
  9. 9. Cob • Clay • Sand • Straw
  10. 10. What can be done with wad, wash, and abandoned ceramics
  11. 11. Bio Char Tera Preta Black Earth Activated Charcoal -Heat without oxygen under 1200F - Can be done in a barrel, kiln, a hole in the ground that is smothered, on an industrial level.
  12. 12. Why make Bio Char? • It sequesters atmospheric carbon in the ground • It helps eliminate toxins in the ground and water • Agricultural test’s show it can increase yields up to 800% in some studies • Beneficial bacteria thrive in bio char soils • It improves the soil for thousands of years by storing nutrients

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