Saturday, July 19, 2008

Coil building

fat pony garden sculpture, coil built.

I have discovered that I love coil building!!! So intuitive, and strong. It feels alive. In the past, i've built large sculptures using slabs and armatures. When i build with slabs, first i plan out in advance the piece, draw a full sized sketch and then build the armature. This determines the finished shape of the piece.

But when I am building with coils, the shape can evolve and change as the clay and I participate in bringing the clay being into form. This works so much better for me. No armature, no sketch, just clay and so much fun!!!!!!!!!

........a few pictures of a coil built horse that I'm making this week...

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