‘Community Seat’ is a life-sized, carved brick sofa. Weighing in at approximately 3.5 tonnes and composed of 194 Staffordshire Blue bricks. It has toured the country and has had temporary homes in six locations before finally coming to rest at Broomhill Sculpture Park, North Devon. Carving this behemoth took four weeks, with the hollowing out of each brick taking an additional ten days. The firing process, which was a heavy reduction to 1100°C, took one week (cool to cool) in a gas-fired ‘crocodile’ kiln at Ibstock Brick’s Lodge Lane site. The final siting in 2004 involved the mortaring together of the pieces and took one week.
Amy’s latest brick piece is a companion armchair to her ‘Community Seat’ piece and was kindly sponsored by Ibstock Brick Ltd. It was started at Art in Clay as a public demonstration over the three days and then went to Amy’s studio for more carving. Made of approximately 300 standard house bricks, it was fired at the Ibstock Brick South Holmwood site to 1060°C in a gas-fired trolley kiln for one week (cool to cool). This piece is still looking for a home. If you are interested please contact me for more information.