The Wendy House Pop Up Venue in Kirriemuir is hosting a Summer Fine Art Exhibition with work of more than 20 local artists. I have submitted one of my clay sculptures. The exhibition organisers will donate 10% of the sales proceeds to The Teapot Trust, a Scottish charity which provides art therapy to chronically ill children.
When you visit the show, make time for a walk through this picturesque town with its characteristic sandstone buildings, some of which house inviting cafés!
The Wendy House Pop Up Venue
15- 16 High St, Kirriemuir DD8 4EY
Sat 8 July – Fri 4 Aug 2017, Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Clay sculpture, 30 cm tall.
These figures are the result of a bronze casting workshop in Kinsale, Cork, Ireland. I was introduced to hand-built equipment – a kiln and a furnace, plus a roofer’s torch and butane gas as fuel. The students used the lost wax technique: we made models from casting wax, enveloped them in a mixture of horse dung (matured!) and clay, and fired the clay to melt the wax core. This clay mould was then filled with molten bronze – a task we weren’t allowed to do ourselves, much to my relief – handling a crucible with red-hot molten metal is quite scary. Grinding away casting seams and the application of patination media added the finishing touch.
The rather squarish shape of the figures’ heads reveal where the casting funnel was attached to the clay mould, and the “skirt” of the female figure appeared accidentally because I didn’t press the clay-dung mixture hard enough around the wax model. Learning curve…
Bronze, patina. 2007.
Height: 13 cm and 15 cm
This figure group is one of my earliest clay sculptures. The figures are built from clay slabs and mounted on a custom made steel base. It had been delivered highly polished. I’m not fond of this surface treatment so I left the metal base out in the open for a few weeks. Continue reading Sculpture: clay figures