- Handbuilt Ceramic Animal Sculpture
- About the Event
- Inspired by my love of animals and the surrounding countryside I make ceramic sculptures of British Wildlife. Each sculpture is entirely hand built and therefore unique. They are suitable for the house or garden.
- Event Type
- Ceramics/Glass, Sculpture/Carving
- 01823 650796
- Opening Times
Date Opening Times Sat 7 Closed Sun 8 09:00 - 17:00 Mon 9 09:00 - 17:00 Tue 10 10:00 - 17:00 Wed 11 10:00 - 17:00 Thu 12 10:00 - 17:00 Fri 13 10:00 - 17:00 Sat 14 10:00 - 17:00 Sun 15 09:00 - 17:00
- Long Description
I started sculpting 18 years ago after attending pottery classes at the Somerset College of Arts & Technology in Taunton. I was soon hooked and combined my new found passion for clay with my love of animals. My first large sculpture was of a hare and they continue to be my favourite subject.
I have a small studio and an electric kiln at my home in Wellington. Before sculpting begins a lot of time is spent studying the animal's anatomy and behaviour. This is done mainly via pictures, books, films and by visiting wildlife sanctuaries or in the wild. I have been lucky enough to have had close encounters with otters, owls, hedgehogs and Exmoor ponies through my contacts with animal sanctuaries.
Stoneware clay is used for sculpting and the piece is then coloured with underglazes and stains. After a drying period the sculpture is fired to a temperature of 1000C. Firing takes approximately twelve hours with a further twelve hours for the kiln to cool down before opening. Further colours and glaze are added or adjusted and then the sculpture is fired to a final temperature of 1220C . A large sculpture can take over a month to complete.
- Wiveliscombe Community Centre
- Disabled Access with Assistance
- Toilets with Disabled Facilities
- Dogs Allowed
- Directions (By Car)
- At traffic lights in Wiveliscombe, go up the hill, turn left past The Square. The Community Centre is situated next left.
- In Croft Way Car Park or West Street.