Large Clay Sculpture: Improvisation course at West Dean

4 day course at West Dean College, West Sussex led by Jon Edgar – abandoning the use of the armature as stifling to creativity, students construct random clay elements (left) and then free-build with them… turning the clay matrix and continuing to add until forms start to emerge. This technique was devised by veteran sculptor Alan Thornhill, who found this way of working allowed ‘absolutely anything to emerge’, rather than using the constraining hand of the pre-conceived idea.  This course was last run in 2011 (you can download the detailed course notes here: https://www.westdean.org.uk/resources/longdetails/4D1937.pdf ) For more information on forthcoming courses by Jon Edgar … Continue reading Large Clay Sculpture: Improvisation course at West Dean

Oxmarket Open Sculpture Competition 2009 – Judge’s notes

The works I see selected for final exhibition have a real breadth. Technical competence and freshness is much in evidence. My considerations have been warmth and sensitivity, honest observation, true credit to the base materials used and the mass conveyed, along with rigour tempered by ambiguity. I make no apologies for the prizes going to the more raw clay works. Sculpture needs a fine balance between the artist’s intention, the base materials chosen and the subject, to affect us in some way. Where additional complexity is added, the sculptural form has to work even harder to live. The qualities of … Continue reading Oxmarket Open Sculpture Competition 2009 – Judge’s notes