Many practical and aesthetic skills relating to ceramic sculpting will be learned informally, as the needs arise:
Understanding the nature of clay, its behaviour towards weight and wetness
Precise observation of planes and outlines when accuracy is the goal
Awareness of proportions in both representational and abstract works
Armatures and support structures, dealing with gravity and balance
Tool use, surface textures and fine motoric skills
Bonding, modelling, carving
Coil, slab and solid sculptures
The emphasis in on personal expression - and the sculpture sometimes arise spontaenously, as a result of the engagment with the clay, stimulated by the sence of touch.
This approach accounts usually for a wide variety of work..
The course focuses on anything that a particular student might want to tackle - human figure, imaginative or portrait heads, animals, and abstract forms.
Small group size between five and nine students, all ages and abilities.
Lunch Break- half time
Sculpture for a marital anniversary...the joining arms have been taken away as they seem to not integrate with the remaning form.
The two figures are simplified and unified to a flat sheet of clay, with only hints of heads, arms, bottoms and legs...
The simplicity allows the essence of the sculpture to be prioritised: the gesture of approachement and closeness expressed thought the movement of the heads .
This scultpure reveals the tools and processed mainly used : carving and cutting with a knife or wire tool. Like with many carvings there is an emphasis on compressed volume.