This course will show you how to make hollow animal sculpture from a flat sheet of clay with modelled additions. It is suitable for those with some experience of using clay, looking for new methods of making.
Firstly, you will be shown how to make a three-dimensional animal sculpture from a rolled slab of clay, and then you will have a go at copying this, as an exercise just to get a feel for the technique. Then you can begin to make your own piece. Everyone will be taught individually, and it is advisable that you bring images, photos, drawings etc. of the chosen animal that you wish to make. Knowledge of the skeletal structure of the animal will be of a great advantage, and views from both sides: front and rear and from above, wherever possible, will enable a good outcome. The objective is to capture the essence of the animal and give the piece a feeling of movement.
We will be using flax paper clay, which gives excellent strength at the green stage and allows for clay additions at any stage of the making process, as it re-wets very easily. The method also allows for easy repositioning of limbs and other additions. Being hollow allows for shaping from the inside, if needed, and little or no hollowing out is necessary.
This is a list of suggested animals for you to choose from: hare, pig, goat, bull, sheep, dog, rhino and chicken.
Although lots of information will be available, please bring your own research as well. The aim is for you to leave feeling confident in the technique, and that you will be able to use or adapt it for whatever you choose to make in the future.
After the course, you may leave your work at the College for biscuit firing to collect at a later date. Should you wish to decorate your animal yourself in a painterly way, you will need to book a place on an an Underglaze Day suitable for ceramic animals/sculptural work. Otherwise, work is left unglazed after a biscuit firing. Alternatively, you may take your work away for firing, and/or under-glazing elsewhere.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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