I find in ceramics there are two types of artist, potters and figurative sculptures. I prefer sculpting personally. I feel that making vessels and pots is really not my cup of tea as they all end up skew-whiff. figurative sculpting is much more suited for my style of art and the thing I tend to make most is my little mad march hare.
I started off just by sketching this little creature who soon became my alter ego. Hares a very appealing to me because I think they’re beautiful and mysterious and I find the mystery behind them can be very eery yet enticing. Hares have very distinct features that one can illustrate in a thousand different ways but will always obviously be a hare. this is why I started illustrating this character. I sketch this little animal over and over again with different expressions and movement every time. I started basing each sketch on the emotion I was feeling at the time so it was long before this mad little hare became an illustrated diary for myself.
These sketches became good inspiration for my ceramics so now the sculptures feel a lot more personal to me and I want to interoperate the little figure into the pots I make for my uni brief.
Stephanie’s work focuses on animals and the effect nature imposes within each creature. Very distinct from man yet with similarities in their personality that masks their wild nature. Her fascination with their ‘animalness’ and wonder what it is to be an animal, this drives her creative process. The energy of the clay she builds with gives her art work life.
I really like her work for this reason. She expresses her work with the image of an untamed wild animal and the way she works with the clay really shows this off. She focusses on the animals persona rather than trying to make a photocopied sculpture with perfect features.
I really like the work of this artist. I find it rather unusual. She creates grotesque creatures with extra body parts such as arms, legs and eyes. Though these animals are grotesque and some may find them distressing to view, I think they are oddly cute. That probably says a lot about myself.
Her work reflects the weird and creepy as Erica is fascinated with the dark side of things. She works her own sensitive mind into these odd sculptures and says she basses her work within the bitterness of her childhood and also her own constant anxieties. As a child she got bullied a lot so Erica would often find herself watching supernatural films and animations. many characters from these movies were quite freakish and it was from these that had inspired her to make her own freakish animated sculptures.
This is the artist who has inspired the majority of my sculptures. I love that not only is her work beautifully put together but also has a lot of depth and meaning behind it. Each of her sculptures tell their own story.
She says that her sculptures are influenced by the people around her. Whether its a lady who was sat on the train next to her and she would imagine her life and background or whether its her friends and family who she knows on a deeper level. She also thinks of these characters as self portraits as they reflect her view of others and how they are effected by events around them.
Beth demonstrates her work to other artists to let them have a deeper understanding of how she makes each piece. Teaching others her techniques is also very fulfilling to her as she was taught that teaching others is a great experience.
Coiling is a building technique used to hand build pots (without the throwing wheel). You start off with a base, roll up a piece of clay and coil the clay around it. Then keep adding lay coils until it forms a cup. I used a salt shaker as a mould for this today but it can also be made free handed. using a wooden tool you can then smooth out the coil marks until the surface is completely flat and has a nice finish.
I like this method as its a quick and easy way to hand build vessels. These vessels may not have such a nice finish as ones thrown on the wheel but still are good as long as they are made correctly.