David C. McCoy, Ceramic Sculpturecolor bars




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  My small-scale ceramic sculptures are a record of the journey from formlessness to form. Clay has great versatility but no inherent shape. My process is one of moving gradually from assembling soft extruded shapes, that often need support, through to complete works. Balance is an essential component. Relationships are created, edited, altered, refined. Gradually the ideas and the clay become firm. A first firing dramatically punctuates the process, permanently transforming the sculpture into a rock-hard state. For the final firing thin washes of subtle color accentuate the marks on the surface, creating a final episode on the journey.