The aim of this course is for each student to create in clay, a section of coral reef with marine wildlife, with a view to each piece of work being a sculpture in its own right but when all are placed side by side, a more extensive reef is formed which will be exhibited at Nature in Art in December.
I will show a variety of illustrations and pieces of coral and shells and will bring my own ceramic coral reef as an example of what may be achieved. I will demonstrate how to make a variety of corals and sea creatures e.g. hermit crabs, sea cucumber, starfish, turtle etc. with an emphasis on textured surfaces and the techniques of construction. Students will be encouraged to draw ideas for their own piece of reef before beginning to create it in clay.
At the end of the course, I will take the work home to my studio in York to dry out, prior to colouring, glazing and firing. Students may specify the colours they would like me to apply. The fired and finished work will be returned to Nature in Art in time for the exhibition in December after which they may be collected.
Materials List Please bring a full apron and any small tools that you might like to experiment with on clay.
All other materials will be supplied by Jill Moger, at a cost of £10 per participant, payable directly to her on the day.
Please note: for those who wish Jill to use her kiln to fire their finished piece, an additional charge of £6 will apply, payable directly to Jill on the day.
Artist’s Profile Jill is an established ceramicist of many years’ experience. She is particularly inspired by reptiles and coral reefs. She has work in the Nature in Art collection and is one of a select group who has had a one-person show at the museum. She uses stoneware and porcelain clays to create finely detailed work which is fired in an electric kiln up to five times to enhance colours and lustered glazes.