Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Workshop 2013

Hello Everybody,
I wanted to let you know that I will be teaching a workshop in May 2013!  It will be at the Appalachian Center for Craft and below is a link to their site:

You can sign up for the workshop or get any questions answered simply by calling (615)-597-6801.  They are open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30.

This will be a really fun and interesting opportunity to work with paper clay if you never have before!  Paper clay is simply clay with paper pulp added to give some extra strength and workability to the material.  It is a versatile and fun material to work with and we will explore numerous possibilities working with torn slabs.  This is the method I use to build my torso sculptures, but I am hoping for each individual to find their own form and inspirations.
When I began building the torso sculptures it forced me to think of why buildings and structures were made in certain ways and shapes, much like an architect.  I had several of the forms sink and fail so I had to really think of the way I was constructing the piece.  We will also be examining this during the workshop and talking about why structures fail or succeed.
I hope you will join me in this workshop and look forward to sharing this opportunity with you.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Torso Sculptures

I have always enjoyed creating these torso sculptures throughout the years.  I have tried many different styles, color combinations, and firing techniques.  Most the torso have a full figure or even imperfections as I believe in representing a more traditional and realistic depiction of women as opposed to an "idealized" beauty.  I use line to accentuate the curves and move the eye throughout the sculpture. Posture is important in implying movement and life within the piece.

Torso Sculpture, Angle Series.   Porcelain Paperclay fired to cone 6, Underglaze.  2009

Torso Sculpture, Angle Series.  Porcelain Paperclay at cone 6.  2009

Soda Fired Torso Sculpture, Torn Slab.  Porcelain Paperclay, soda fired at cone 10.  2009

Torso Sculpture, Angle Series with Ruffles.   Porcelain Paperclay with Flashing Slip.  Soda fired to cone 10.  2009

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Skull and Ice Cream Works

These works are not pertaining to any particular show, but just some things I have done the past.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I Scream, December 2008

All works from show, I Scream, December 2008.  Gallery One at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
"Soul Food" low fire white and color paper clay, conveyer belt, electric motor, 28x36x14.  2008
To see video of he conveyer belt working go to:

"Soul Food Observers"  Low fire Ceramic,  24x14x10

"Soul Food Observers"  Low fire Ceramic,  24x14x10

"Over the Rainbow, Musicbox"  low fire and color paper clay, 8x5x5.  2008

"All in the Family, installation view" white and color paperclay.  various sizes2008

"All In the Family Details"  white and color paperclay.  various sizes. 2008

"Over the Rainbow" White and color paper clay.  individual cones various sizes.  2008

"Total Meltdown" low fire white clay. each box 18x9x2.  2008

"Total Meltdown Detail" low fire white clay. each box 18x9x2.  2008

"I Scream" low fire white paper clay, underglaze.  Mask-24x12x12, with strawberries-24x24x12.  2008
All images copyrighted and taken by TTU photo/John Lucas and Dean Carothers