My plan for this project was to create a light structure with an exterior focusing on ceramic detail.
I built up a structure using sections of chicken-wire to manipulate a detailed form. I used cake cutters to cut out multiple ceramic
pieces used to collage over the structure to create a ceramic light sculpture.
This technique can be used on any given form to build up the exterior in shapes of your choice.
I used natural forms as a theme. My structure was manipulated to emphasize the female natural form. I used nature inspired stencils
to create my porcelain pieces and individually attached them to the wire structure.
Chicken wire –thickness
6KG porcelain stoneware
Range of cookie/cake cutters
Ceramic Impact Glue
Building up wire structure
Carefully plan out sections of chicken-wire if creating a detailed form.
Then start to build up your structure.
Depending on the weight of your ceramics and the thickness of your chicken-wire, you may need to build up extra layers of chicken-wire for support.
Abstract female form structure
Three layers of chicken-wire built up in sections, allows you to manipulate a detailed form and support for exterior weight.
Porcelain ceramic pieces
Roll out porcelain into thin slabs of clay, leave to harden for an hour then begin to cut-out your ceramic pieces using stencils desired.
I used several layered thicknesses of porcelain for my ceramic pieces, allowing them to have various transparencies in lighting.
You are able to attach these attachments to the back of each ceramic piece before bisque firing.Nature stencil cutout attachments (preferably used for small sculptures) to attach pieces to wire securely.
Measure out individual lengths of wire to 7cm, as an attachment for your ceramic pieces.
Using pliers follow the images displayed as a step by step guide.
Carry out this technique to your individual cut-out ceramics.
This will act as a hook to attach each ceramic piece to the structure.
Attaching ceramic pieces to structure
Using single wire interlink the ceramic pieces to the chicken-wire form, twist and ensure piece is fitted securely.
Building up Structure exterior
Apply the individual forms in layers to overall create a collage.
Ceramic Sculpture piece
I have treated the clothes hanger as the main support of the piece, as I feel it allows the structure to fall freely.
NEXT – Lighting effect images.