I took part in a ceramics workshop recently, which involved getting used to handling clay in a variety of ways, and creating a very quick outcome. We were introduced to a number of techniques including throwing, coiling, and sculpting.
We were given a tour around the facilities to see the kilns and the incredible array of chemical compounds which you can use for glazes etc, and after a very lengthy health and safety talk we were given a huge chunk of clay.
The idea was to create a self portrait, blind, out of clay. This meant that you had to create the sculpture on your own perception of yourself, rather than observation. I probably have one distinct facial feature, and that’s my cheekbones, so I focused on gauging out those gaunt hollows in my face.
It was an interesting workshop, even if it wasn’t the type of thing which excites me, and it did get me familiar with the process at least. I think I’d enjoy playing around with some chemical compounds to see if I can get some unexpected results, that would be more up my street.