I have never really appreciated the world of ceramics, clay, pottery and throwing etc. my feelings were, its messy, unpredictable, old-fashioned and the artistic snob inside says “it’s just not high brow enough “, but after numerous lectures by successful ceramicists, and a few sessions playing and sculpting in clay a new passion is arising. I was finally tipped over the edge by, the wonderful world of alchemy (the recipes of all the glazes), you choose a glaze and you only know what its going to turn out like when you finally open the kiln. The unpredictability seems exciting now. I am learning to be open-minded and that even a more mature mind can be changed. I really enjoy crossing over mediums, such as using a clay imprint as a starting piece for a painting, or taking a photo of a miss shaped pot and manipulate it in Photoshop to create a silk screen print. In foundation I particularly enjoyed printing, because you could repeat the same process a number of times, this is something that can be done in ceramics, you can create a mould and re-create that shape over and over in various forms of materials, such as creating a cast from a stone and re-creating it in porcelain.
At some point over the next 3 years I will want to make a latex head with a movable mouth for life-size puppet, so making a slip cast is defiantly something I need to get familiar with. I have to say it is far more difficult than I expected. Into the slip cast workshop I took a very simple heart-shaped stone, which ended up having to have 4 sides of a cast created. It’s a very messy procedure with all the cast mixing, but also very rewarding in the end result. Defiantly worth the time and effort.