Volcano Club

Volcano Club only offers one type of membership - and that's lifetime. To become a member send some volcanic themed work to the HQ (volcanoclubhq@gmail.com) and you might get a codename or some other cool shit.

Monday, 25 April 2011


I got sent some exciting volcano art last week but due to easter festivities (mainly eating and getting sunburnt) I am only just getting round to posting it. It's a karaoke machine inside a volcano made by Jack Barraclough for an exhibition in Seoul. Here are some pictures and a link to the video that was played on a loop in the machine. video inside volcano

It's pretty great and I really need to make a papier-mache volcano.
Here's an easter riddle, Why is Jesus like a dormant volcano?

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Volcano Dates

Those of you who have read the latest issue of Volcano Club will know that a volcano lonely hearts column has been set to try and find love for all the lonely volcanoes out there. And we have had some luck for the lovely Kolumbo who will hopefully going on a date very soon. Here's the correspondence so far and remember to email augusta.ward@hotmail.co.uk if you too like any of our singles featured.

Sir Trotter, 12.04.11, 17:28:
Oh wise knower of all things volcano, please tell me more about this mysterious Thera. I love a good yarn, and finding Atlantis would just be aces. Think of all that fabulouso Atlantean jewelry. 

Augusta, 12.04.11, 22:04:

Dear Sir Trotter

Thank you very much for your interest in one of our singles.
Thera is actually the nickname of one of our stunning volcanoes, he is actually called kolumbo but due to the most destructive event in his history, we called him thera. This event was similar to the famous vesuvius eruption in that it buried an entire civilisation. read more here http://volcano-club.blogspot.com/2010/06/volcano-of-week-1-thera.html
Today he spends most of his time underwater, so perfect if you too love the aquatic life! While he has calmed down in recent years he can still be very active, I guarantee that you will have fun with this one. 
I have taken the liberty of attaching some pictures, I hope they entice you further.
Let me know if you like a more personal meeting, I look forward to meeting you.

Kind Regards, Augusta 

Sir Trotter, 12.04.11, 22:15:
Dear Ms Augusta,

Can I just say, he is smokin' (pardon the pun). I especially like the second picture of him, very artistic. He looks like he will be quite a handful, which is how I like 'em. And a lover of the deep blue sea, nothing could be better!

A personal meeting is definitely a must, if you could be so kind as to arrange it.

Best wishes, Sir Trotter

Augusta, 13.04.11, 19:34
Dear Sir Trotter,

I am very glad you like what you see and yes he can be a bit of a live wire! Occasionally emotionally but only because he's so passionate. 
We are a Manchester based firm, will you be in the area soon? If so I would be delighted to arrange something for you two lovebirds.

Best wishes,

I will inform everybody of just how the saucy meeting goes. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Volcano of the Week #16- Paricutin

I have been looking at Mexican volcanoes recently mainly because my Daddy told about the artist Dr Atl who was a revolutionary in both the political and artistic sense. I'll write more on the subject soon, I'm sure, but I thought I'd first write about the volcano that has made them a prominent feature in Mexican culture. There is also literature on the subject such as Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano, which is on my volcano reading list (I do have one). Paricutin is amazing as it emerged in 1941 as the farmer was plowing his fields and reached five stories high in a week. For the first year of it's life it grew rapidly in a pyroclastic phase (high speed gaseous eruptions). The volcano continued growing and erupting then stopped in 1952 at 424m high and has been dormant since; most cinder cones tend to only erupt once (mongenetic). As the trans-mexican belt is large there is frequent volcanism in the area, however it is the rapid growth of this volcano that is so iconic.

 Not erupting

Paricutin is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. (Wikipedia fact of the day is that there are also Seven Wonders of Wales which are all in North Wales so its not very comprehensive.) The Volcano buried nearby villages in ash and they had to be evacuated. While the volcano erupted without warning the relatively small size gave people warning to sort themselves out.  Despite the rapid growth of the volcano it caused few fatalities, the biggest loses were to crops and subsequently livestock but this effect was reduced due to the rich nature of volcanic soils. 

Dr Atl painting

News Relating to Love, Lust and Lava, I have 20 copies left, let me know if you want one and I'm currently in the process of setting Thera aka Kolumbo with a very hot date!

Sunday, 10 April 2011