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Jar No 362

Jar No 362
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 362, Feb 2012

Jar No 362 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 362 in situ, Feb 2012

Contents: Plastic, glass wax
Released into wild: 16/2/12 at 14.35
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ


Don’t worry, the jar isn’t broken: I coated the inside of the jar with glass wax and it cracked as it cooled. The plastic domes were stuck inside before I added the hot wax.

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I’d had the glass wax for donkey’s years. One of the most fun parts of the project for me was playing with materials that I’d hadn’t used before.

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This was one of the most dangerous jars I made. The fumes from the glass wax were horribly nasty and stank out the house for hours.

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Plus it melted at such a high temperature that when I dropped a tiny splash, it melted a hole in the kitchen countertop! Glass wax is scary stuff but oh-so-worth-it for this amazing look.

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My husband said, ‘I don’t think the average punter will think this is anything other than a broken jar’. He’s probably right but fortunately, it wasn’t found by an average punter but by one of our dedicated family of jar hunters.

Number on lid of jar: 362

Your name (optional): Theo’s mum Sian

Date jar found (optional): 19/02/12

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
On the way home from school, spotted the railing and the post!

Where is the jar now? (optional): Really like the combination of sharp
cracks and smooth wax!. Hoping the last 3 will still emerge!

Jar No 220

Jar No 220
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 220, August 2011

Jar No 220 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 220 in situ, August 2011

Contents: Wax paper disc, knotted thread, pinholes
Released into wild: 8/811 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s dad on 11/8/11


I’m having a rotten old time at the moment – lots of emotional pain and too much physical work is leaving me weak, exhausted and overwrought – but the jars help in a strange way. Spending a day knotting all these tiny black threads was calming and felt productive and positive.

Jar No 220 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 220 close up, August 2011

The jars help to ground me in reality: whatever my fears for the future – and they are many – a jar still has to be made and released every day. The jars have been a heavy weight to carry during this last month but in truth, making art usually helps and overall, I’m glad that I have this constant in my life.


Make an artist happy; support this project.

Jar No 215

Jar No 215
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 215, August 2011

Jar No 215 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 215 close up, August 2011

Contents: Ink, wax, paper, thread
Released into wild: 3/8/11 at 14.22
General Location: Henbury/BS10, Bristol
Status: In situ


After the one minute failure from the day before, I was keen to get out and do a bit of daytime Jar Walking.

A shopping trip up to the mall with my teenage son provided the perfect opportunity to place a jar in a new area. And look at this fabulous dramatic cracked wall – what a great jar spot!

Jar No 215 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 215 in situ, August 2011


I don’t receive any public funding for this art project and the jars suck up a huge amount of my time, energy and money. By financially supporting this project you are helping me to make people happy with little moments of jar pleasure.

Jar No 174

Jar No 174
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 174, June 2011

Jar No 174 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 174 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Wax & thread
Released into wild: 23/6/11 at 23.54
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s sister, Milly on 11/8/11


“In the end these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you love?
How deeply did you learn to let go?”
The Buddha

This strange object was from the precursor to 365 Jars. In March 2009, I did a month-long experimental studio project where I made a small object no larger than 10cm square every day.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 174 close up, June 2011

This was the first of the objects that I made during that unnamed project. I’ve resisted using any of them in the jars until this week, when it suddenly felt right to start letting them go.

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It is quite astounding to me how much this project is about control and letting go. It’s a very Zen experience, sometimes mired in struggle but there’s a beauty to it too: the jars truly are my greatest teacher this year.

How to help

As you now know, I’m having a difficult time at the moment. I know that some of you are bound to offer, so if you would like to show your support in a practical way, here are several ways that you can help.

You can adopt a jar or leave a donation.

You can tell people about the project on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or in real life. Word of mouth is the main way the project spreads and I’m immensely grateful for all the promotional work my Jar Fans do on my behalf.

You can volunteer to write a press release and send it out to the media for me. Contact me if you’d like to do this.

You can send me materials to use in the jars. Contact me for details of my address.

You can leave a blog comment, which may go unanswered this week but will certainly make me feel loved.

Please know that there is absolutely no obligation to do any of this but it would be appreciated.

Jar No 173

Jar No 173
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 173, June 2011

Jar No 173 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 173 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Paper, ink, wax and thread
Released into wild: 22/6/11 at 23.46
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ


Another late night jar. There have been too many of these lately but there’s been very little choice. Unfortunately my life has been turned on its head in the last month because my family of 14 years is dissolving.

My partner, Cat and I will be downsizing and plan to move to Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. Although I’m a Scot, I grew up in Yorkshire until the age of 10 and before I lived in Bristol, we were in Leeds. After a recent visit to Leeds, I realised how much I missed the north and the moors, so this seems like a perfect opportunity to reconnect. We also have friends and family there and because we both work from home, we’re not tied to jobs.

At the moment, I have no idea whether the move north will happen this year or if I’ll manage to see out the jars in Bristol. It depends on whether my son manages to get settled with the friend he plans to move in with – if he does, then we’ll be moving north in the autumn, if not, we’ll be staying in Bristol until he’s sorted out. Heaven only knows what I’m going to do with the chickens.

Our house goes on the market in two weeks time, which is why jar blogging has been so behind this week. All the jars have gone out on time – I still haven’t missed a day – but the rest of the time has been consumed by a huge amount of decluttering, tidying and talking to estate agents. It’s all a bit huge.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 173 close up, June 2011

So the jars are likely to be remain fairly simple until the house is on the market, after which I hope to get back to normal until I have to move in the autumn.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 173 close up, June 2011