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These shoes invite you to look and admire them. No two shoes are the same! Taking a lump of clay, I soften it with the heat from my hands, becoming familiar with the texture, manipulating the shape not yet formed. Shoes are big business today and can make or break an outfit. We know shoes by their maker's name, sometimes more famous than the shoe itself (Manolo Blahnik). When making shoes my reference points are flowers and nature. Some of my shoes are shell-like with scalloped edges while others are sharp and mean business. The technical challenge is to make an intricate small shoe that does not fall apart during the firing process. To do this, I need to balance delicacy of decoration with surviving the firing process. For example, sculpting flower shapes and heels that add a distinct characteristic. This is also true when applying colour decoration, certain colours, such as red, do not maintain their pigment if fired at too high a temperature. I enjoy trying out different surface textures, for example, covering a work surface with rice grains and rolling a slab of clay on to this.
Sculpture:Clay on Ceramic
Size:7.5 W x 5 H x 4 D in
Packaging:Ships in a Crate
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
Handling:Ships in a wooden crate for additional protection of heavy or oversized artworks. Crated works are subject to an $80 care and handling fee. Artists are responsible for packaging and adhering to Saatchi Art’s packaging guidelines.
Ships From:United Kingdom.
Customs:Shipments from United Kingdom may experience delays due to country's regulations for exporting valuable artworks.
Please visit me on : www.mariannesturtridge.com I am an art teacher by profession and enjoy the constant challenges of "problem solving" and frustration that goes with art. Teaching art has encouraged me to experiment with new approaches and draw from a history of art knowledge. My paintings seek to convey a range of human feelings from community to alienation, sometimes with a religious, mythological or fantasy theme. While teaching children with physical disabilities I explored themes on attitudes towards disability, illness and censorship. The foundation of my work is drawing, often evolving into mixed media. My painting style ranges from traditional oil and watercolour painting to experimental work in a wide range of materials including computer-based art, bas-relief and ceramics. Alongside painting I have made clay sculptures including torsos and shoes. I use my life drawings as a starting point when making clay torsos and try to capture something of the person in this work.
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