Balinese Dreaming, in Bas relief with Paper Clay

I have this Balinese daemon nightmare going on. Well, I say night mare; it is in part quite wonderful and exciting. I have been having these dreams and day dreams for weeks now.

So I decided to try to put it into…picture, if you like


I am starting off with a blank canvas with the face of a beautiful African girl  I once cast.


…and in comes the Daemons. Breathing fire, trailing fragrant flowers…

The beauty with paper clay is that you can dream and ponder for days; the clay is so flexible that you can add wet clay to dry.
But I am having some issues; I bought some slightly grogged paper clay thinking it would not warp as easily as un-grogged. But the tiny sand grains are actually getting in the way of the fine detail I am trying to achieve.

Bali is one of my favourite places on earth. I dream of going back there one day; perhaps that is why I’m being visited by all these fragrant monsters, faeries and daemons…

On a purely practical point, I may try to find some paper clay without the grog.
I am not sure how to finish the piece, much less how to glaze it; but I’ll keep you updated.
Perhaps it won’t get finished until I find myself sitting in a village square somewhere near Ubud, during a full moon, listening to a Gamalan orchestra and watching an all night dance and  shadow puppet display…


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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4 Responses to Balinese Dreaming, in Bas relief with Paper Clay

  1. Alastair says:

    That’s truly magnificent


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