This is my first blog ever and I am not quite sure where to start.
I have a lot of information I would like to share with individuals who are trying out sculpting/modelling in clay.
Step one; figure out what you would like to make. Start by choosing a subject or figure not standing on it's feet, but rather sitting or reclining. If it is an object choose something rather solid that will be able to stand on it's own.
step two; simplify the form, if it is a figure, think in terms of geometric shapes and forms, look at what you are attemting and find the cylinder, the ball etc. For example; the head would be a ball, the neck a cylinder, the body an oval, and then put them together by scoring (scratching lines on opposite sides of the two pieces), add water to the two parts and press them together.
That is how I would start a sculpture, and ALWAYS put more clay than you need, it is easier to take away than work with thin pieces, because they will dry to quickly and you will not be able to make details.
step three; always spray your piece and cover it well with a plastic bag, this will allow you to work on it for several days without it drying.
Puchi Noriega, international artist, born in Peru. Her lifelong relationship with art started at the age of three in the family’s’ ceramic studio.
In 1974 along with her family immigrated to Canada where they continued their artistic career in Canada and the US.
At the age of 18 she is awarded “four first places” at the Richmond Virginia Ceramic Competition. She then returns to Peru and at the age of 20 begins to teach sculpture professionally at the Lima Museum of Art. After a few years she returns to Canada where along with creating her work teaches at The Ottawa School of Art and receives awards from the Canada Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council for her work.
In 1994 she moves to Miami searching for new inspiration and in 1997 she was the founder of the first Art Institute of Miami, later on she opened her Art Studio and was the organizer of the Falls Art Walk, (event that continues to this day).
Ms. Noriega was elected President of the Ceramic League of Miami, a well-recognized art organization in Florida. She has participated in over 50 group and individual exhibitions.
Now Puchi resides in Peru where she continues her work at her home studio.