For a few days now we have been working again. Oh, how I have longed for that!
This is what the chapel looked like when we started the work for the week. Still with 14 “edges”. The goal was to make the outer walls more rounded and without “corners”
Then we had good and intensive work several days under the guidance of my favorite clay builder teacher, Ulf, who had travelled here from far south i Sweden to guide us with some parts that I did not know how to continue with. Here Ulf is showing us how to apply a much thicker layer than one normally would, and the “tricks” to make it possible….
We have worked long days…
We filled the “cavities” between “corners” with a mixture with a LOT of filling in, such as buckets of woodchips, smaller wood shavings, hemp and more… also adding lots of sticks to fill out – see the “tree” we have “massaged” into the filling! Look to the right in the picture above.
Here Christiane is smashing round balls of clay mixture to build the rounded shape of the wall below the window.
After the surface had got more of the shape that we want it to have – rounded like a KIWI-fruit! …We put linnen net on most places to reduce the risk of cracks when the very thick layer will dry,. The net also had to be “massaged” into the wet plaster.
Above You also see the result of the choice of color on window sills!
On top of the net we plastered another layer of clay mixture, but very thin and with not much of “fillings”… Then again: prepare for the next layer… so that (future) layer will attach when the thick filling is dry:
Then my poor camera got tired… so today I can not show You the result of our hard labour. Another day I will!(Perhaps my camera got some small pieces clay stuck in it… I hope my husband can be a “camera surgeon” 🙂