Embracing Abstraction: Making Coil-Built Sculpture with Erin Furimsky

In this, the first in a two-part video series, Erin Furimsky demonstrates using coils and pinching to make abstract sculpture with soft volumetric curves. Not only does she cover the technical ... (Scroll down for more!)


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… aspects of making, but Erin also covers idea development and how she works through from initial idea to finished piece. Many ceramic sculptors first come to clay through functional pottery. But it is sometimes difficult for potters to make that first leap into creating something more conceptual and less functional in nature. This video aims to help potters or budding ceramic sculptors try out new ways of working with clay.

You’ll learn how to:

  • use sketching and collaging to discover the content that moves your work
  • work out the scale and key visual components of a piece using paper cut outs
  • avoid cracking problems by securely attaching and compressing your coils
  • create directional changes in the work without collapsing the form
  • refine your coil-built surfaces to prepare them for surface work.

If you have are interested in exploring ceramic sculpture but need help figuring out how to develop your visual vocabulary, this video can help. If you have ideas for abstract forms, but aren’t sure how to approach building them, let this video be your guide. Or if you just aren’t sure how to move from making functional ware to conceptual sculpture, let Erin show you the way!

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