Wytham Woods Run Medallions

Updated: Mar 13

I was invited by the Wytham Woods Run team to make medallions for their 450 runners and 40 first-place winners for each category in 2019.

In the above picture, you can see me applying the glaze into the stamped words of the first-place winner medallions.

My production line of medallions

Being asked to produce the medals for the Wytham Woods 10K and Fun Run was a real joy and honour. I am happy that they chose Chicken Run Studios to create a medal that was organic and local.

Each medal is effectively unique. Handled numerous times, from the raw clay roll, stamp-pressed, dried and wiped, bisque-fired then brush painted with two glazes and fired to stoneware temperatures. Fortunately, I was able to use the skills of Nick, my son, to 3D print the stamps, which made the process less daunting.

Acquiring a slab roller meant that I could roll out the clay and stamp each individual medal. Using a dusting of flour after each press meant that the clay didn't stick to the 'cookie cutters'. After piercing a hole for the ties and stamping my Chicken Run stamp on the reverse, each medal went in the kiln for a first 'bisque' firing. Each medal was then glazed in Siemens and Healthineers colours (the local sponsors). Then they went back into the kiln for their final firing.

What a challenge! But they do look amazing - and you can't get more individual and handmade than this.

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