View Full Version : Pottery/Ceramic Clocks

31-12-2009, 11:15 AM
Hello all, I'm hoping someone here can help. I am working on a theatre production where we need a clock to smash on stage every performance. Shops are hopeless in being able to provide approx 80 clocks for the entire run of the show which includes a tour.
Is there anyone out there who can make or knows where i can find 80 ceramic, pottery clocks (don't all have to be delivered together!), approx 25-30cms in height with a little bit of decoration on it. Doesn't really need the face either as we can possibly use the same face every performance.
And as always as cheaply as possible.
Would love to hear from anyone who can help.

31-12-2009, 12:08 PM
I'm not sure anyone here would want to have their clocks smashed. It does seem a huge waste.
Thinking about it in a practical way, would you be able to make a box with the face on out of wall tiles. I'm thinking of maybe the cheap thinner ones held together with silicone like they make the fish tanks.
Not sure if it would work right but it may be worth experimenting as they could work out cheaper.


31-12-2009, 12:19 PM
It would take forever to make that many clocks and it wouldn't be cheap!

Maybe you could just buy a load of old clocks from a charity shop or ebay?

31-12-2009, 12:32 PM
A long-shot, but worth checking out the bulk, wholesale, car-boot lots on Ebay - you might just track down some clocks. I had a quick look in the general section and there are several cheap ones, but P & P may mean they are not so cheap.

Good luck


02-01-2010, 10:44 AM
When do you need these by?

02-01-2010, 02:59 PM
We would need 5 by next Wednesday(13th Jan). Then 7 per week for 10 weeks after that. It is turning out to be a slightly mammoth show here, and any help and ideas are welcome!

02-01-2010, 03:05 PM
how about getting a kit one, and then when it breaks up you just put it together again for the next night? Any pottery-smashing noises could be done off-stage by breaking a saucer (cheap, from charity shop)........!


02-01-2010, 03:17 PM
Following on from Judith's suggestion, I just had a thought. How will you sort out the Heath and safety aspects of smashing clocks on stage?
You would have no control of how it shatters and a shard of pottery could easily fly off and cause an injury to someone in the audience or the actors. It would be as sharp as glass and could potentially do a great deal of damage.
Would there be some way of getting the clock to land in a padded box with the sound off stage?


02-01-2010, 06:00 PM
What play is it, and where is it? Sounds fun!


03-01-2010, 01:20 PM
The play is called Three Sisters, by Anton Chekov at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith London, its a great show and I have done this before and we used smaller clocks. The clock was a gift from a mother to a daughter in the story and a bumbling uncle type character drops it! Seeing it break on stage causes much more sympathy than trying to hide it. Its great hearing the audience gasp. H&S isn't a problem in this instance because the drop will happen far back on the stage and will be rehearsed several times to make sure we have a correct dropping position. Audiences are our first priority when doing something like this.
Thank you for your interest in the show, it is alot of fun, its just one of those props which can be a pain in the bottom to get so many of!

03-01-2010, 02:33 PM
Would it be possible to have, say, a wooden clock, pre-cut into pieces which break up on impact with the floor and then mend back together easily?

Less cost to you (and the environment). Smashing noises, as earlier suggested, made off-stage?

04-01-2010, 03:27 PM
The problem with smashing offstage is that smashing is a very directional sound, it is obvious where that sound is coming from and if we were to smash off stage it would need to got through curtains from the side. It sounds a bit wrong if it is done this way. We may have to go to the idea of a wooden clock or a plate clock.
Thanks for everyone's interest and help!

04-01-2010, 04:04 PM
What about a large dinner plate, using a marker to draw on numbers and hands. You could buy the plates in bulk and draw on them as needed.

C Hupfield Ceramics
05-01-2010, 01:23 PM
This sounds interesting.
I could make the clocks but again it wouldn't be too cheap and I wouldn't be able to get any to you until about 3-4 weeks time.

Would you want the clock mechanisms included or would you supply these yourself?