Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ceramic Sculptures - Part 1

Here are a few of the images of the work done last week..
The clay is flattened ready to be moulded onto desired shape. This is the first step in the process.
One piece by Pushpa is made of hollow circles later to be assembled into a sculpture. Here is the basic work done.
My sculpture is made of strips of clay:

These strips have been later assembled into an abstract form thus:

I am planning to make one more similar sculpture and place them at different angles.
Will come back with more pictures in the next blog.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ceramic once agaiin

After our ceramic exhibitions in 2007, we found it difficult to continue our work on ceramics due to the constraint of space and klin facilities. We diverged into calligraphy and abstract painting which was equally creative and fulfilling. But last two weeks have been hectic with ceramic work!! We have re entered the world of ceramics, thanks to the exhibition/competition being organised by the Art department of Sharjah. Our alma mater, the Sharjah Art Institute invited us to participate in the competition which is proposed to be held in November.

We are competing in three catagories - ceramics, sculpture and calligraphy.

We initially thought november is in the distant future and we would have plenty of time to plan and create some larger pieces, but as usual time just flies as every little preparation process is time consuming.

We prepared a few sketches and went to the institute for discussion with the teachers. We were in for good surprises. The new kneading machine (pic below)is a dream come true. No more kneading and then groaning with pain in the arm later. The machine gives out clay kneaded just to the right consistancy! The raku oven is yet another addition which we would love to try. We were like two kids who just had a visit from santa :)

we will now be blogging about our entries to the competition and the process of creating them in the next few posts. Hope to get your views on these pieces.