With this sculpture I explored different textures. I debated if I should try colors with this piece. I ended up with slightly pigmented encaustic as final surface treatment. It gives it a warm glow. And it is so smooth and soft to the touch- that is what my sculptures are all about. Sculptures to touch!
The other goal with working in cement is to create pieces that can withstand the weather and be outside in the garden. This piece should be smooth enough that no water collects, and avoid problems with freezing ice. I will leave it outside this winter and test it out.
This is a sculpture I have done in bronze before. My challenge was to first work the top side, wait until the cement had hardened enough to turn over and then carve the 2nd side.
It worked beautifully.
But the sculpture invites to be touched- and the cement is pretty rough. So I waited patiently for the cement to cure. I used the time to order a sample set of diamond sanding pads.
I was surprised how well I was able to sand the piece down by hand. It now feels smooth enough to touch. Also the edges got nice and crisp. I took it to 400 grid. The sample set goes up to 3600, but I found the difference of the next pads was so minimal that I left it at 400.
Now I will let the piece totally dry out and I might put a sealer on it.
This was the most fun day I had in a long time. I met with Bonnie and Richard and created some sculptures in Richard’s studio. The medium was Cement, or Mortar to be exact.
I loved the intuitive aspect of creating something in a short period of time. The material can only be carved until it gets too hard. So you have to work fast and not over think the design or get hang-up in the details.
The other part I loved was to be in the creative flow with other people. As artists we are often used to create by ourselves. Sometimes that is great, but it also can be pretty lonely. There is something special that happens when more people are gathered to dive into the creative process, especially when there are no specific goals- just play and have fun. Yeah!
pour the mixture into the forms
here are our works stations. Cement is setting up.