Big mama – creating big sculptures

Annie wanted to make a big round sculpture so she started by incising pieces of clay and place them inside a big plaster mold. She then completed the globe using coils of clay to form the top sphere.

The globe is taken out of the mold and patted into shape. We wanted round, not pudding!
As long as a shape is completely closed up so that no air can escape, it can handle a fair bit of abuse. But once you create an opening and the air escapes, you will need to make sure that your piece is properly supported.

The globe is placed back in the mold to firm up a bit more in the sun.  And the details are added.

The globe is resting in a secure little nest of sheets while it dries up ready for the next step which will be the bisque firing.

About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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