I’m sure I’ve uploaded a similar photo before but that was a long time ago. This is me, at work in the studio at La Trobe University in Bendigo. Unfortunately I don’t have my own studio. But, I imagine that as soon as I’ve got my own studio I will continue to have a ‘wall of inspiration’. I like having photos up of anything that has touched me while on a bushwalk, even if I’m not working with those things/photos at the time.
As you can see, I’m using favourite tool: the plastic card in all its varieties (I like the ones that get you money out of the wall too, but I’m not even talking about those, or not in that application anyway). I use soft and hard cards, straight-edged and curved ones, and I cut them to the shape and size that I like.
They all have their use on different forms or on clay in its different stages. Copy cards and student cards are good. They can be cut into different shapes. Lids of ice cream containers are a bit softer, great for curved cards and softer surfaces. Best of all is when the AFL has those oval-shaped cards in packets of chips (great excuse for eating too much potato chips too!). Otherwise I’m really not into AFL.
I feel that there are different stages in working with clay (at least in the way I work) and to be quite honest, I don’t always like every stage of it. It often takes a bit of effort to make that mental switch before I can move into the next stage. My favourite part would still be the beginning, when I’m creating a maquette inspired by a form or experience in nature.
At that stage I often reconnect with other moments of inspiration: that’s me in the photos, always trying out postures in interaction with my natural environment while on bushwalks. I urgently need to get back into nature!