I Know Not What I do

DSC02094One of the wonderful things about trying to do clay sculpture is that I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Oh, I know a little, but when I start out I really don’t know what I’m going to end up with. This is what I ended up with on my first attempt at this one. Call it a finished-unfinished piece.

I once attempted to do wood carvings. But once you chip something away from a piece of wood there is not putting it back, whereas with clay if you take too much away, take some off, – don’t have enough clay in some spot, add a little.

Well enough of my philosophizing.

DSC02072DSC02074I saw a picture of a stone sculpture one time and thought I would try to do it. This is what I started with.

To that I had to add some legs. As you can see they are not proportionally equal. The straight leg is much fatter than the bent one. Like I said, the wonderful thing about clay is you can scrape away any that is too much.

DSC02090DSC02095Slim down the strait leg a little and straighten the front, the bone line, of the calf on the bent leg and add a torso. After that come the head and the arms. There is a nice flow to the line of vision through the curve of the body and the arms, but the head is obviously too big and the arms are too chubby.

So I come in the next day and rip off the head and arms and replace them. Now the head is a good size, but it is not thrown back far enough and the line of vision is interrupted because the flow of the arms does not follow the flow of the torso. Oh, dear, when will I get it right?

I will start again tomorrow. An instructor once told me that in order to have a satisfactory piece you have to make at least 3 of them. I’m not going to throw this one out, but it has a long hazardous journey ahead of it. Will it crack in the drying or in the bisque firing, will the arms and torso sag in the high firing?

As I often say, “There are no mistakes, only learning experience.” So, what I learned, and am learning, from this one I will apply to the next one, and the next one, and the next one – well, you get the idea.

Incidentally, what do we have here: a dancer, a gymnast, an acrobat, a yoga pose? Oh, yeah, it’s and abstract so it doesn’t have to be anything except pleasant to look at.

May your days be filled with things pleasant to look at!

While you’re at it, take a look at some of my books. Thank you!


Final MSS Cover frontPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00023]Murder Sets Sail is available from Second Wind Publishing and on Amazon. Kindle editions is only $4.99.

Another of Paul’s books, The Telephone Killer published by 2nd Wind Publishing is available on Amazon and from the publisher. Kindle and Nook versions just $4.99.

To watch The Telephone Killer video click here.

The Telephone Killer is now also available as an audiobook.


R&R cover thumbC and G cov 1a smallTwo historical novels about colonial Congo where I was born and grew up are: Of Rulers and Ruled and Of Chiefs and Giants. The period covered is from 1885 when Leopold II of the Belgians claimed more than 900,000 million square miles of Central Africa as his private domain until independence in 1965. These books are available from Amazon. The Kindle  and Nook versions are only $5.99.

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