Seed Pods and Clay Characters
Term: 1 Year: 2006
- These seedpods were made in a challenge program (4 sessions) working with potter Nicky Fraser and the
- The techniques used included pinch pots, joining clay, adding coils and decoration – either manipulation
of the clay surface, burnishing and the application of slips.
- In the first session, the students looked at seedpods – shape,colour and texture were studied.
- Students then drew them. Next they were taught how to make pinch pots.
- In the second session the students were shown how to make several different seedpods.
Each student then made a seedpod. Though all started the same, they were finished differently.
- In weeks three and four, the students refined and developed seedpods.
- They were encouraged to try different techniques and forms.
- The final works were bisque fired. After that they were sawdust fired in a metal tin.
Some copper was added to enhance the effects.
- Finally the seedpods were polished with cooking oil.
- These clay figures were complex to make.
- The students used three techniques to create each one:
1. The head was made by joining two pinch pots together.
2. A slab was made to form the body.
3. Coils were rolled to form a neck and to join the body and the head together.
- Once made and fired the figures were painted and decorated.
- Some fabrics were dyed using shibori techniques. Shibori is the Japanese word for resist dying.
- Some of these fabrics were folded and clamped and some were wrapped around a piece of PVC pipe.
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