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Bread Heads


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This is a creative collaboration by Valentin Manz, Christine Cynn, Neil Taylor, Harriet Murray, and members of the local community working together to create bread heads. The molds were made using grogged red clay and fired to 1120 degrees centigrade. The sourdough starter mix is Valentin’s and Christine’s own concoction. As they are leaving the country next weekend, the idea was to show people how easy it is to make your own bread, and if you had a container they were giving it away.

If you want to make your own bread, you just leave rye flour in water in a bowl for about five days under a damp cloth, and the natural yeasts in the air do it all for you.

Workshops were held showing people how to mix and knead the dough, which is the left to rise for a couple of hours. After that, more kneading is done. The dough is then ready to bake. Using the head molds in a homemade oven, the bread takes the form of the mold while baking.

The heads were displayed and/or eaten and the rest were donated to the anti-capitalist protesters outside St Pauls Cathedral. Check out more of their work here.

Here is some bread that I made, inspired by the workshops:

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May Ayres – exhibition


 

i visited this exhibition by a friend of mine, May Ayres, who is a very talented sculptor, especially working with ceramics on a human scale by carefully firing pieces and reassembling them after firing. The exhibition represents seven years’ work, and is on view in the belfry of a local church. The decayed setting and ceramic sculptures complement each other well. I wish May ‘s work was in a museum or gallery for more people to see.
An EXHIBITION OF CERAMIC SCULPTURES BY MAY AYRES
1ST SEPTEMBER – 16TH OCTOBER 2011
THE BELFRY
ST JOHN ON BETHNAL GREEN
200 CAMBRIDGE HEATH ROAD
LONDON
E 2 9PA
OPENING TIMES
SAT, SUN, WEDS, 12 NOON – 9 PM
AND BY ARRANGEMENT
07787136015
The exhibition is also open from 5 pm into the evening on Friday 7th October. The church is hosting a Black History Month event that evening. A fantastic line up of singers and musicians including the Mint Juleps, a fabulous acappella group, and The Grand Union orchestra are booked to perform from 7 pm. Free entry. Not to be missed, and neither is the exhibition. So please forward to any interested individuals.
and May’s website:
http://www.mayayres.com/

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