122…Foxgloves and Sunflowers

by frances doherty on September 18, 2014

I’m channel hopping this week as I bought all my sculptures back to Brighton last weekend for the Brighton Art Fair which is coming up next week, but I’ve had to pop back to Normandy to finish another sculpture for an exhibition coming up in November. It seems like a long time away, but by the time my sculptures have dried out and then been glazed, it can be 2-3 months start to finish. I am continuing to work on my new series ‘Dreaming Spires’, and have been having minor problems with the placing of components on the foxglove.

start of foxglove

start of foxglove

This is the 3rd one I have made, and I have tweaked it each time. It helps that I am on my own in the studio this week and can keep standing back to check on it. It’s easy when working on large pieces to be too close all the time, and you don’t always notice when something isn’t quite right until you get up and walk away.

Finished foxglove

Finished foxglove

This one is better, I like the placement better. The one in the background has the components too close together….I got a bit carried away.

Later in October I am going to run a workshop at a community college. The kids are around the 14-15 age group which is not an age I have worked with before. I was asked to go there after one of the pupils contacted me himself and asked if I would go, so you’ve gotta admire his initiative. As usual there are a lot of students in quite a short space of time…and originally I was going to show them how to make something and then they would all make the same, but I wasn’t entirely happy with that. So after a bit of playing around I came up with the idea of ‘emergence’ as inspiration and made up a couple of maquettes.

emergence

emergence

cactus flower

cactus flower

This way, they can all start with a pinch bowl, and then let their imaginations go. There are 50 students, so we should get 50 interesting designs……watch this space.

The weather continues hot and still here, very hot for September, but a couple of sunflowers that I planted earlier in the year,

cheerful sunflowers

cheerful sunflowers

are now peeking into my studio every day and growing bigger by the day….such fun!

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