it’s been quite hard to switch back to clay from my paintingĀ binge. in between I went to Art in Clay at Hatfield, which was good for making me think about what I want to do.

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so I started coiling again, perhaps a little aimlessly

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trying this beautiful butter pat maker for texture. it’s not really the right tool for clay but it’s a lovely thing in itself.

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in the end it grew a double baseĀ and I got very hands on with some wet clay

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from making that one I got some ideas. the weather being so hot, the clay stiffened up quickly and this piece grew rapidly

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I’m using white St Thomas stoneware clay, it is lovely to work with and you can get a smooth finish.

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but again I decided I didn’t want smooth

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these are closed forms, so after a bit of time drying, during which it’s easier to handle them because of air pressure inside, I make a hole underneath and the extra air whooshes out

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this one is more problematic, because it insists on looking like first a truncated torso

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and then like a shape with breasts

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I’m trying to see it as two joined forms.

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now joined by the stem drawn around them.

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back to simpler things

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