New in March
The limestone rough of my maquette is ready. I am now carving it out of a 600 mm limestone block. This maquette was about learning about the tools and handling the material. It is remarkably like carving in Hebel but with some significant differences.
There is a nice play of shadows within the white stone. I was prompted to explore this shape by some of Barbara Hepworth's work. (The shape improved a little during removing the distracting background!).
I am excited about the potential to design sculptures in stone or clay including surfaces or inlays of polymer clay. As some artists have included glazes to contrast the stone or wood I want to use polymer clay. During my researching for my sculpture inspiration I was also struck by the knowledge that I have enough skills to design scultural "plinths" for my figurines.
I have completed my second limestone sculpture - a prototype yin-yang design with an 'embroidered' or 'enamelled' ribbon, wound round the clean smooth river-stone contours. Maybe, rather than Asian, look at it through Celtic influences, bringing up to the subconscious pathways in time and pathways in landscapes.
I have a lot to learn but am rather pleased with the result.
I have been enjoying the "whole" body experience of sculpturing larger pieces so I decided that I was going to make my big beads mini sculptures. These are my first attempts. As neckpieces they are delightful but the results lack sculptural integrity. I want to achieve a sculpture that just happens to be wearable. The bursting beads remind me of an adventure in one of the Narnia books, where, down in the underworld kingdoms living gemstones exist - 'not the dead stones you find near the surface, but rubies growing that you can pluck and squeeze yourself a cupful of juice'. Fun and fantasy!