The Brickfield Guide to Cornish Brickmaking is a record of Brickfield’s work with John Osborne in 2020, weaving together his memories, knowledge and family history with the creation of a site of contemporary brickmaking at Imery’s old Blackpool Pit in St Austell. It is a celebration of John’s skill and the value of his heritage in contemporary ceramic practice.
This limited edition brick shaped 37 page booklet designed by Phyllidda Bluemel with photographs by Oliver Udy and James Darling and text by Brickfield lead artist, Rosanna Martin, is printed using a specialist Risograph process. It comes with 9 extra inserts each with photos by Oliver Udy depicting heritage hand made bricks found on the site of Wheal Remfry brickworks where John Osborne worked until the early 70’s.
John’s rediscovery of his old place of work at Wheal Remfry brickworks, near Fraddon, almost 50 years after he walked away from the yard in 1971 are also recorded in a film by experimental film maker Rachael Jones.
Here’s a taster extract from the publication and see below a gallery of Oli’s photos and Rachael’s film.
You can buy a copy of the booklet for £15 inc UK P&P. There are 25 special copies signed by John Osborne to be distributed on a first come first served basis! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to order your copy. All proceeds to support Brickfield’s ongoing work.