Embracing Abstraction Part 2: Slab Built Sculpture with Erin Furimsky

In Embracing Abstraction Part 2: Slab Built Sculpture, the second in a two-part ceramic video series, Erin Furimsky demonstrates using slab building techniques to make abstract sculpture that is angular in nature. Not only does she cover the technical aspects of making, but Erin also covers idea development and how she works through from initial idea to finished piece. In addition, Erin discusses how she uses surface treatments to enhance and compliment her forms.

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Erin Furimsky

About the Artist

Erin Furimsky is a studio artist in Bloomington, Illinois, whose work focuses on the relationship of sculptural form with highly ornamented surfaces. She holds a BFA from The Pennsylvania State University (1997) and an MFA from The Ohio State University (2002). Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2006, she was selected as an emerging artist by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. She has participated in numerous artist residencies, presented at national workshops, as well as serving as a visiting professor at Illinois State University and Heartland Community College. To learn more and see more images of Erin’s work, visit

  • Thank you for sharing. Very helpful tips presented in a clear, professional manner. Anne from Wagga Wagga, Australia

  • Enjoyed the video. Erin, will you let us know the approximate time between stages? I work in a small space in a community studio. It would be helpful to know how long the different “curing processes” require so that I can let the other individuals know when they can use my table. Thanks. Greg

    • Hi Greg, the time between stages will depend on a variety of variables: the weather outside, the humidity of your studio, the general temperature of your studio, how wet your clay is, how covered your sculpture is, the type of plastic used, etc. We’d recommend that you ask other sculptors in your studio generally how long it takes for clay to dry to soft leather hard, hard leather hard, and bone dry. – CAN Staff

  • Harvey G.

    I’ve been building abstract sculpture for a few years and thought I had it down pretty well until I viewed this video where Erin had so many good tips to improve what I’ve been doing. Thanks! I can’t wait to try many of them on my next project.

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