Body casting

The lovely Joseph Ford came to my studio to pose for my new series of male torso sculptures.

jo plastersess. Nov 13

I use plaster bandages, mod-roc. And warm water to stop Jo from hitting the roof.

jo plaster sess. 2

Some people swear by Alginate, but I feel it flattens out the body contours, especially if you are working big. It is great for hands or faces…
jo plaster sess 4

Almost there…But as you can see, it is a pretty messy job.

jo plaster sess. 3
Once I have covered the entire area with plaster bandages, I try to re-enforce the cast with ordinary plaster of Paris. But, before the plaster had time to cure properly, the entire cast started to slide off Jo’s body. I guess perhaps we used too much baby oil.
Jo plaster sess 5

But luckily, the cast held without cracking.
The pictures are taken by Matt from Shimuzu photography.

I use body casting to create molds from which I make my ceramic torsos.


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 Body casting

  1. Lynda says:

    Your back is behaving? So happy to see you making torsos again, Anna!


  2. Jane says:

    Anna, thank you for sharing your creative process. It’s so great to see how you create your art. It inspires me to see the process at work.


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