Stephen gave a workshop on Sunday to demonstrate some of his hand building techniques. It was incredibly helpful, and I learned a lot. His handbuilding method is pretty fast and efficient, and seems to make a really strong build. Of course, he stressed slow and controlled drying, and not rushing the piece as it gets too large to support itself. Definitely a slower process than throwing, but not as tedious as slipping and scoring a lot of perfectly rolled coils!
|Showing us some of his favorite tools.|
He showed us a lot of his favorite tools, many of which are hand made. I love seeing new and creative pottery tools. One was a large trimming tool made from a sharpened metal band attached to a dowel. Another good one was a long stick with a semi-circle shape routed out the end, used for shaping nice, round ring foots.
|Shaping tool, being used here to make a texture design in a small slab.|
|One of his new press molds, part of a new process he's just trying out.|
|Showing us a more efficient coiling shape - tapering the top of each coil so you get a larger amount of clay surface connection when you smooth them into each other.|
|A base slab for a coil sculpture. The shape was made by tracing the green rib tool twice.|
|Starting the build.|
|Inner column in the base to support the balloon form.|
|Stephen showing how he sketches to plan his sculptures.|
|A press mold base for a second sculpture.|
|Coil building a balloon on the press mold base.|
|Talking about the proportion limitations for building a balanced piece.|
|Two small sculptures half finished by the end of the workshop.|
I had planned to cover coil building in class this week, so I was able to intergrate some of his tips into my demo Monday night. I started two small sculptures of rocket ships as a demonstration. I forgot to take pics, but I'll be working on them some more tonight, so I'll share my progress.
Hope you enjoyed seeing these pics as much as I enjoyed the demo!