Prying that top off of the Play-Doh container and jamming your fingers in, as you plunge to the bottom. Curling your hand into a fist the red clay with bits of green from the last time you played makes a sucking noise as it gives way and pulls free. Smiling you squeeze it hard and watch as it is forced between your fingers in thin ropes of clay. It is there to maul, squeeze, form, and shape, as you gather it back up to try again.
Remember those youthful days when you squeezed clay through your fingers. Making hand prints for Mom or getting fancy and making an animal or person that was only limited by your imagination, and how long you wanted to play. Sculpting is for those that love to take the time to watch as a product matures from a slab of clay to a sculptured design.
Technology entered the sculpting field back in the 1930’s when a German doll maker Fifi Rehbinder had trouble finding supplies. She developed a plastic clay that she used to make her doll heads. In 1964 Eberhard Faber bought and made changes in it to create Fimo polymer clay and sold it in Europe. These new clays make life easier for the playful and experienced sculptor.
A finished piece can be baked in an oven instead of a kiln. Keeping the feel and creativity that is natural you love in clay, but dropping the temperature needed to cure the piece to 250 degree so if you have an oven you can fire your clay. This opens it up so that the amateur and professionals alike can get into the field of creating pieces of cherished art that can last a life time.
The tools in the picture are just a few of those in the work area for sculpting. There are also molds, pasta machines, hand rollers and cutting blades to name a few. Each giving that much more variety and ability to the sculptor. So get your hands dirty and join me in slinging some clay into a life of its own.
The more you play, the more you learn. The more comfortable the clay feels, the more you can do. The more you try the better you get and the more beautiful your pieces will become. For more information on using polymerized clay you can look at www.kskritters.com or do a Web search on Fimo, Sculpy or any of the other brand that you may prefer. Enjoy the experience.
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