Organic ceramic sculptures in response to healing plants
Students began by making observational drawings of plants such as lavender and aloe vera which were available to them in the classroom. They investigated the plants closely using viewfinders and taking photos to focus on certain textures or shapes in the plants. Following these visual investigations, students identified a particular area of the plant which would inform their ceramic designs. During this project, students learned about and analysed the work of ceramic artists Kate Malone, Andy Rogers and Alice Ballard who create ceramic sculptures informed by nature.
Students used the identified segments of the plants to experiment and create various patterns in their sketchbook. Through experimenting with organic patterns, students were led to create their ceramic sculpture design. While designing their sculpture, students made an effort to incorporate elements of their plant with organic lines and shapes being central to the overall design. Followed by the design stage students began constructing the clay sculptures with a coiling method or using molds to cast their sculpture. Once students had the structure of their piece built they incorporated their designs using tools to engrave textures or to apply clay shapes to create individual designs.