Production of clay speaker enclosures

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Clay is a moist sticky earth that hardens when dried, due to the unique properties or characteristics of clay, it is used to produce various house hold or domestic products such as cooking pots, water storages, flower pots etc. Clay is also used to build some parts of complex industrial machine which serves as a means of generating income. However, the local use of clay has been limited to a certain level. There is therefore the need for exploration into the issue to well understand and appreciate the unique properties and characteristics of the material to further expand or expose it use at the local level which will also reduce pressure on other raw materials. Written documents have shown that clay has been used to produce musical instruments in other countries. Ghana is a country that has boundless natural resources including clay which could be found in all the ten regions. Local potters and institutions use it in the best way they can but research has shown that the ability of clay is somehow limitless. This study is therefore being conducted with the aim to produce clay speaker enclosures. In order to achieve this aim the following objectives was set; to ascertain and describe the various forms of speaker enclosures, to identify the characteristics of clay suitable for the production of speaker enclosure and to design and produce clay speaker enclosure with the clay. Two types of clay from Ashanti region are selected for the study and these are Mfensi and Afari clay. Data regarding this clays will be collected both from the researcher’s own research experiments and other literally written documents. The qualitative research method is used, experiments and observations being the main forms of data collection instruments. Out of the accessible population, Mfensi clay is selected as sample purposively based on the information gathered. The results of the study show how best Mfensi clay can be used for producing more interesting products. It is recommended that various reasons for understanding the behavior of clay be brought to light for further research in other to develop, design and expose or bring out new products from our local clay.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Integrated Rural Art and Industry in the Faculty of Art College of Art and Built Environment, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Philosophy.
Production of clay