Dr Ian Sanders Geologist from Trinity College visited the school with a sample of rocks and minerals on 25th February 2020.

Dr Ian Sanders visited a class in the school. He was a Grandfather two of the children in the school.

I had a brief chat about rocks and minerals with him in my studio and then he did a show and tell in the classroom. It was such a informative and thrilling chat and so great to have all the actual rocks in our hands.

This booklet went to every school in Ireland devised by Dr Ian Sanders.
This is the bag of rocks that every school got in Ireland

Showing how fossils are formed and the sound they make which is fizzy.
Giants Causeway Antrim
Glendalough Ireland
Amonite fossil

We all found it incredibly interesting and I found new words such as pseudomorph which means a crystal consisting of one mineral but having the form of another.

When you open a rock you never know what ancient fossil lies asleep inside – could be a dinasours egg.

The World of Triangles

“Fire, air, earth, and water are bodies and therefore solids, and solids are contained in planes, and plane rectilinear figures are made up of triangles.”
― Plato, Timaeus

The Platonic Solids

The Platonic Solids belong to the group of geometric figures called polyhedra.

polyhedron is a solid bounded by plane polygons. The polygons are called faces; they intersect in edges, the points where three or more edges intersect are called vertices.

regular polyhedron is one whose faces are identical regular polygons. Only five regular solids are possible

cube  tetrahedron  octahedron   icosahedron  dodecahedron

These have come to be known as the Platonic Solids

The Studio

Some images from the studio and things I am working on.

The overall project is titled Magnes.

Magnet’ is derived from the legend of Magnes, or from the territory of Magnesia. Pliny states that Magnes, the shepherd, discovered it, and the legend told of him is that while carrying a message over Mount Ida he felt his feet clinging to the earth, to the iron ore which lay thickly upon the hill. Hence the name of the Magnet. But Magnesia was a territory whence this native iron was for hundreds of years exported, and the name “Magnet” is, no doubt, due to this place.

I have always been a Rock Hound, I cannot resist having a rock or pebble in my pocket. Later as a Adult I realize how those simple acts were a way for me to understand the world I inhabited. I guess I am a hobby geologist. This has been informing my practice and research and output since 2016. While I am in AIR I am researching the invisible forces that created the planet and their importance throughout the ages.

Magnetite crystal sculptures are Tetrahedron in shape with eight sides.

Large scale magnetite shaped crystalline sculpture in wood and glitter
Plaster sculpture wood and gliter
Making mold for repeat patterns
Applying the resin for the jacket to hold the mold
Using fibre glass to enforce the resin and the mold
Applying the resin and layers to enforce the jacket at the Firestation Studios at a mold making course.