Today I am heading up to Stoke on Trent for the opening of the BCB. I feel hugely honoured to be a part of the FRESH selection and look forward to seeing how the work is presented. The BCB website is here.
Photo by Bethan Lloyd Worthington.
As I build upwards, I smooth the rectangular coils into place. Sometimes I will need to modify the shape fairly drastically, So in one picture I have cut a section where I will be able to insert some more clay. Sometimes I need to do the opposite and remove areas.
After continuing past the neck, I need to make sure the clay is firm enough to support the head. This also affects the shape slightly and how far the jaw protrudes.
With the basic form in place, I let the clay firm up a little before refining the shape and deciding how to proceed with the facial features and details. TBC
Here are some images of the coffin I decorated as mentioned in an earlier post.
I was asked to make it simple, natural and beautiful, to go with a cardboard coffin that had been selected a long time ago. I hope I fulfilled my brief.
The good people at Coffee No.1 seemed pleased with my efforts and replaced the plain cup with my angel. If you are in the vicinity of Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, UK, do have a look (and maybe a coffee as well).
Coffee No.1 have a website here.
For the last couple of days I have been decorating my friends coffin, and thinking about little else. Today I took a break and went to my local for a coffee with a pal. Inside the cafe, I was admiring how their small tree was decorated with take-away espresso cups hung from the branches. On top of the tree however, was just a bigger cardboard cup. I thought this looked a bit sad as I like to see angels on top of trees, or at least a star. So on the way out, I pinched a couple of cups and set about making my own tree-topper. I’ll take it in tomorrow and see if they would like to use it…
Someone I liked very much passed away the other day.
Although they had been ill for a while, the end was very quick. Before passing, they asked me to decorate their coffin, which they had already ordered and sorted out. Despite having constructed a number of memorial flower arrangements in unusual designs, I have never decorated a coffin before. I never realised how big they are for adults.
Before their passing, we spoke about how they would like it decorated, and the key elements were beauty and simplicity. No fancy words or photos. Nothing that would be too ornate or flashy. I showed them an image of a decorated coffin I liked, but was told that it looked like a comfy mattress, so that was out. I also ruled out the ‘wrap’ designs that make a coffin look like a pastoral scene or something that it is not.
Now I have a few days to do my best, and just hope they will approve.