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The Torsos

The endless variety in the human form has inspired the torso as a recurring theme. I am interested in the archaic and timeless qualities of the clay figure, as well as its organic nature. The process of building them is slow and experiential. Adding small bits of soft clay allows the form to evolve, as a living being. The focus is on gesture, in either stasis or movement. For the stoneware figures I select a gritty clay, which gives an energetic surface, allowing my fingerprints to show clearly. Surface, as clothing, is important, often built up with successive layers of oxides such as iron and manganese, then glazed and scraped or sponged to express an inner and lively depth.

I want the torsos to look as though they have lived a long time, to reflect the earth, wind and fire of that life.

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