Concrete Sculpture Experiment 2020

Following my experiment with Raku fired clay figures, I am experimenting with concrete as a more viable and sustainable material to make figures. Concrete does not require the energy required in firing. It is durable and can be placed outside in all weathers – this opens up the potential for new spaces and shapes – working with the landscape rather than an interior space.

  • 1 part cement
  • 1 1/2 parts sand
  • 1/4 cup bentonite clay
  • Water with super-plasticiser

References:

Katherine Stanek Sculpture : https://www.katherinestanek.com/home

Katherine Stanek – process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuDgLsnErik

Concrete handbook for artists pdf Andrew Goss https://www.makersgallery.com/concrete/handbookupdate.html

Review

The wire is dynamic and, although it works for this small figure, I would have to create a sturdier, more rigid skeleton for a larger one.

I like the surface texture very much – consider colouring the concrete/ use white cement.