Thursday, 7 July 2011

Rona Sissons- Ceramic Sculpture

I was just reading the latest JAC and was particularly interested in the article “Slippage” which explores the way that ceramics can be used to make models and components for much larger works to be produced in a variety of media.

As someone who works in the area of ceramic sculpture, I have often felt that, while clay is a fantastic medium for the sculptor, the problems of weight and kiln size effectively restrict the size and this is a major disadvantage in many sculptural projects, particularly for outdoor locations where a more monumental “presence” is required.

I have recently been investigating making my figural pieces in multiple parts in order to increase the size (photos coming up in a later post) but, while this works for some designs, which lend themselves to camouflaging the joins, it doesn’t work so well for others and can be frustrating to have to tailor the end sculpture with these limitations in mind.

I’d like to know what anyone else feels on this and what solutions they may have come up with.

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