Ceramics for Rainham Hall Gardens

Client: 
National Trust / London Borough of Havering
Date: 
2012
Project Stage: 
Complete

As a part of the project to create the new garden at Rainham Hall, children from Rainham Village Primary School worked with an interdisciplinary team to make ceramic tiles for installation in the “knot garden” (see the Landscape / Rainham Hall Gardens for more information). The eighteenth century Delft Tiles in Rainham Hall were a starting reference for designing and making the tiles, using a range of simple technical processes to work with clay. Embedded in the fabrication of the ceramics was a process of exploring the history of Rainham Hall and its inhabitants, and the broader development of Rainham. Integral to the childrens’ exploration was weekly storytelling time, when the rich themes and characters in the story of Rainham Hall could be explored through language and the childrens' own voices.
Project team:
Butler Hegarty Architects
Pauline Finnegan Artist/Ceramicist
Surya Turner Storyteller