Ceramic Figures Prism 2019
Molly creates figurative felt sculptures inspired by the movement in Contemporary dance. She has explored size and multiples creating single life size sculptures and wall hangings comprised of many individual figures. This year she has experimented with fabric and clay and Raku firing to create ceramic sculptures.
Molly explores the effect of firing durable clay with fragile yarn to create figurative sculpture. The fibres are still apparent in memory despite being burnt away in the kiln.
The Experimental Process
- Earthenware clay
- Knitted fabric
- Wire 2mm and 2.5mm
- Large steel drum with lid
- Dry wood
- Strips of fabric soaked with spirit
Kiln time from lighting: 18 hours
The kiln firing was not hot enough to make a viable, strong sculpture however I was pleased with the overall result and colouring of the ‘skin’.
I reinforced the ceramic by coating the figures with an epoxy resign and retouching with acrylic paint and pastels. They were submitted for the exhibition however not for sale as the quality was not good enough. There is potential here – maybe concrete?