Wire is an incredibly versatile material for sculpture; it can be used to create linear works, or wrapped and woven into patterns to create textural objects and vessels. A delicate skin of papier mache over a wire armature creates an elegant abstraction or natural form. Paper clay is much like natural clay, but it can be used over a wire armature and does not have to be fired.
In this workshop participants will be exposed to artists from around the world who are using these materials in a variety of ways. We will begin with wrapping and joining wire to create a 3 dimensional structure that stands, and then explore the possibilities of covering some areas with translucent Thai paper. We will mix paper clay together in class as well as making use of the paper clay that can be purchased which is smoother than the hand mixed variety and can take detail to a higher degree. Students will be encouraged work both figuratively and abstractly to explore the possibilities of mixing line, mass, texture and translucence.