project 5 – paperclay figure

my workspace is a table in our spare room. these chavant figures don’t pile up on each other well —- so i’m running out of space. And I want to go to NIADA next year, so i need to have some finished figures to take a long. So I figured it was time to switch to paperclay and see how it goes.

boy – the chavant really spoils you. Paperclay is so much harder to work in, the first week it was all i could do not to literally take a sledge hammer to the blamed thing.

part of it is that the premier is so soft, I can’t leave it wet, or i squish it out of shape the next time i pick it up. So i lay in an area, dry it in a 170 oven overnight, then carve away and add more on, and dry again. I find it really hard to try to make the figure fluid in it – and the whole process is so very slow. But at the end I have a figure that i can seal and/or paint and take around with me for shows…. or give to friends so at least i don’t have to smash it to make room for more…

at this point i’m starting to be sort of ok with the figure – it was supposed to be a woman with one of those long thin wind-dragonslike in Spirited Away — but she is starting to look more like an old-time carnie painting advertising the snake charmer…..

always wanted to do a really dark, old fashioned carnie series…..

and as usual – photos in the round really show lots that needs to be worked on.

snake charmer in paperclay

snake charmer in paperclay

snake charmer in paperclay

snake charmer in paperclay

snake charmer in paperclay

One thought on “project 5 – paperclay figure

  1. I always enjoy reading your blog and see the pictures as you work through your process. This piece is lovely. I can’t wait to see more!

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