Call Me an Artist

I needed something new to experience, something that I’ve never done before, and The Estevan Arts Gallery and Museum offered a class that caught my eye. Clay sculpting, taught by Artist in Residence, Ruth Langwieser.

You’re probably wondering, “Why does this Clay lamp look like a professional did it?” Ruth shared her tips and was a great instructor.

Right before we started getting to work, Ruth explained with enthusiasm the importance of clay and how to handle it properly.

Step 1
We crowded around her to watch a demonstration.  She cut portions of clay with a thin string then slamed, (I’m talking sumo style slamming) the clay on a special table, she did this several times to make the clay have more of a stretch to it, making it easier to roll.

Step 2
I grabbed a portion of the clay and then beat it to death – my inner wrestler came out and it was a great way to get out some aggression! When  I was done and feeling very calm, I grabbed a rolling pipe and started rolling it out until it was a few millimetres thick.

Ruth said, “If you roll it too thin “It won’t make it.”

Step 3
It looks like I carved those shapes into the clay, but the secret is cutters! I used different sizes of hearts and stars to make my creation. I also used a toothpick to make the swirls, to add texture to my masterpiece.

Step 4
There were many shapes and sizes of containers to use as a mould for the clay. I wrapped my finished piece of art around the container to create a standing lamp!

Step 5
I made a bottom circle base and cut the same size as the width of the lamp. I then moulded it together with some water to make the pieces stick together.

My piece of art was complete! Doesn’t it look amazing? I even surprised myself with the outcome! Ruth was impressed too.

Check out the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum Schedule and get out of your comfort zone by creating something beautiful. You might be surprised what you can make!


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Madison Colbow
Madison Colbow