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.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013


This volcano is quite fun but it does give you a headache slash make you feel a bit sick so if you're suffering from sunstroke then it's not for you. Not sure if it's sunny anywhere else but it is here which is great and I haven't even seen any footage of any shit events that might be happening in the UK today, if there are any, probably not.
There are lots of other similar things if you want to waste some time with some bright colours, maybe you have to entertain a small child. Anyway the volcano is quite fun and it is a volcano and someone emailed it to me, therefore I have to post it. 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Some people are actually more obsessed with volcanoes than me

My dad went to the Science Museum archive in Wroughton (there has to be something there) recently and found a volcano book. It was a book of drawings that an posh old Brit did of Vesuvius, people who actually know something about volcanoes won't be surprised that it's Sir William Hamilton. He's also the subject of the book The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag which I won't go on about cos I've done it before but if you're every looking for a book that combines volcanoes with art and feminism (who isn't?) then it's for you. Anyway Wills, as I will refer to the Chevalier Hamilton from this point forth, was obsessed with volcanoes in a way I can relate to. His obsession was not scientific and purely artistic before volcanoes he was obsessed with loads of other art forms (vases were one I think), he was also very into ownership, he wanted to own everything connected with Vesuvius, sadly this is where his dodgy views about women come in too. He did loads and loads of studies of Vesuvius and here are some of them complete with Wills' descriptions, I've copied his text so that why some of the spelling looks odd (apart from the bits I've just got wrong).

 Marble and other mixed stones of Vesuvius polished

Lava, Scoriae, and Pumice Stones &c of Mount Vesuvius
4. Ball of Lava. Such rounds balls (some of an enormous size) are frequently met with amidst the scoriae of the modern lavas of Vesuvius. They are formed at the time of the lava rolling downs the flanks of the volcano.
7. Lava in a more perfect vitrified state 

View of an eruption of lava from the Crater of Mount Vesuvius taken from an original painting of Mr. Fabris done form nature about 22 years aga
View of the great eruption of Vesuvius from the mole of Naples in the night of the 20th of Octr 1767
Interior View of the Crater of Mount Vesuvius, as it was before the great eruption of 1767
The black on the plain (2) is a stream of lava, that ran from the little mountain (1). The prodigious quantity of Volcanick matter, that was thrown up during the eruption of 1767, entirely filled the plain between the little mountain (1) and the old crater (3), so that the mouth of the little mountain is the present crater of Vesuvius, in which an other little mountain is already formed.
Interior View of the Crater of Mount Vesuvius from an original drawing taken on the sport in the year 1756, and will serve to give an Idea of the changes this part of an active Volcano is subject to.
When the Volcano threatens an eruption, it is not adviseable to go into the Crater, as an sudden explosion often occasions great Cracks, or Chasms in the platform; and there is likewise danger from the sudden emission of stones, and sulphureous smoke.
View of the Lake Avernus taken from the road between Puzzoli and Cuma. This Lake was evidently the crater of a Volcano. This spot has been celebrated by many ancient Poets, who brought their heroes here to sacrifice to the manes, or consult the Sybil, Hercules, Ulisses, and Eneas are mention'd to have been at Avernus.
A Birds eye View of the Territory raised by Volcanick Explosions, and which the Ancients comprehended under the name of Campo Phlegraei.
1. The Mountains of Somma, and Vesuvius
A Night view of a current of lava, that ran from Mount Vesuvius towards Resina, the 11th of May 1771. When the author has the honour of conducting THEIR SICILIAN MAJESTIES to that curious phaenomenon.
View of the first discovery of the Temple of Isis at Pompeii, which City was buried by showers of pumice stones and other volcanick matter.
Specimens of curious stones found by the Author on Mount Vesuvius

There are loads more but here is a just a selection and the descriptions are all very long. I really like the rocks painted as still life. I think the range of pictures shows his obsession well as the paintings really aren't great but he still kept on doing them. Studying volcanoes was clearly the interesting part for him or just swanning about in Naples pretending to be an artist. 

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Cool shit from the internet

I've had a week off university and I was planning on using this time to do loads of really awesome shit. Like travelling to places in South Sweden I haven't been to yet, looking for summer work, doing loads of painting and blogging and generally being a productive member of society. Predictably I have actually used the time to sit around, drink gin, play Chinese Checkers, go to the park and then realise it's not quite warm enough to sit outside, work on my new look (Audrey Horne/ Veronica from Heathers) and finish watching the Wire. I know that all of this has nothing to do with volcanoes but I'm coming to that, obviously all this sitting around has meant a lot of time reading crap on the internet and I have found some cool volcano shit.

found this map (which I think is a direct copy of the above map that I made) on I Love Charts which is a really good tumblr if you do love charts, if not its probably crap but then if you don't love charts you're probably a massive loser. Then I found this Volcano Pintrest proving that Pintrest isn't just full of dream weddings, cupcakes and vomit. Anyway it's really cool I was thinking of doing something similar but then couldn't bear to join Pintrest I think it's the name. I've also been trying to be bothered to use my Etna Twitter but as someone said to me yesterday I can't be expected to tweet and erupt.

Here are some pretty pictures of Etna's recent eruptions

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Volcano Poster

Found this amazing volcano poster in Copenhagen, so our little flat is starting to look at lot more volcanic and homely. But it's pretty hard to make up for the 6 years of crap I had accumulated in Manchester, ESPECIALLY all the volcano stuff. But it's probably a lot worse to stay somewhere just cos you have some shit volcanoes made out of origami and old records. 

Poster also has some really cool volcano facts on it so I can learn more about volcanoes while cooking

Should do a proper post soon especially as I think Etna has been doing stuff, I should also probably tweet about it since I'm meant to be Etna on there. Maybe I'll look into and write something, maybe I'll do some actual work for my masters or maybe I'll watch series 3 of the wire. I'm also thinking of drawing a world map with volcanoes, forests and other cool shit marked on a bit like the one below but better. So that's some fun volcano based stuff for the future, there's also the impending supervolcano that will probably erupt pretty soon and destroy the world, I'll definitely write about that if it happens.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Volcano Mural

Here is a picture of the really cool volcano mural that me and Isaac did in our old room, Isaac actually did most of it. You can even see it in the design process, actually we never finished it cos we had to move out, but you do get to see some of our mess which is always lovely. We were going to paint a little boat in the sea (which you might be able to see drawn on) and some blossom on the branches. I wanted it to be like a lovely Japanese volcano painting so it's quite bold, sad we never got to finish it cos I think it's quite nice.

Then we lived here for about a week which was fun cos it was like being in some sort of crack den minus the crack. The candles and large bed are for warmth and you get to see more of our mess (other people did contribute to this mess). 

Think we will have to do some more volcano decoration in this flat but painting on the wall would probably go down less well. So might have to resort to the old painting on cardboard ways. Sorry for neglecting this blog recently but ya know I am trying to study for a masters and I was homeless for a bit and it was christmas and actually think that's all the excuses I've got. But I'll try and be much more blog active in 2013, which is one of new years resolutions, I've now got about 10.