Breaking the Overburden 2016
Painting size 61cm x 91cm
Oil paint and China Clay pigment on board
Mounted and framed
About 'Breaking the overburden'
I can see Tregonning Hill from my studio window, and it’s the very place in West Cornwall where 270 years ago china clay was discovered by William Cookworthy.
This piece is inspired by the traditional clay extraction processes and the changes they make to the landscape.
‘Breaking the overburden’ was the process in which the topsoil and layers above the clay were broken up and washed away with man-made jets of water, which carried broken soil, granite and precious China Clay down the hillside for collection.