I was about to say that “I believe everyone has a creative outlet” but I’m not so sure about that. I’m starting to think we are in a category of our own.
When I meet someone who is exploring their creative talents I am in awe. I have dabbled in a variety of mediums, starting with clay. My husband was an ambulance officer at the time, working occasional late nights. We had two young daughters, and to keep me sane I would spend my lonely evenings creating figures in clay which I would leave to dry enough that I could make moulds of them using liquid latex, and a mother mould of plaster of Paris. Funny now looking back, as this was when were living in Muriwai, a black sand west coat beach. Now, 7 years later, we are back on the west coast, but residing in Raglan this time, and I’m back, creating with clay.
This time however I have found an amazing group of people at the Old School Arts Centre, where I meet with other budding artists on a Tuesday night to work on our current pieces. With access to knowledge, slips, glazes and a kiln I am able to take my pieces to fruition, and can actually produce something worth sharing.
I’ll try to dig out the photos of my past casting creations, where my faceless women theme began. I think being faceless enables the viewer to envision themselves in my pieces. I’m not sure how my pieces will be received, these are early days.
Tonight I will apply slips to these lovely ladies, who will hopefully make it to the kiln this week for a bisque fire. One lady will resemble a bowling pin and the other has under gone a mastectomy. I think they are beautiful.
I also have some fun ocean pieces headed to the kiln which includes mermaids, fish and a maui dolphin. I cant wait to experiment with the slips and their applications!
FYI: Found the shark head idea online