Newsletter n°8 - november 2018

 Hello everyone,


An artist counts for little without his tools...

Yes of course, you can paint with your hands, feet and your whole body. History is full of examples since Palaeolithic cave art.

However, in sculpture it is a bit more difficult!

About working with clay, there are some essential tools and I'll give you my favourite ones...

Loop tools, wood modeling tools, rubber scrapers, steel wire clay cutter, engraving tip, clay roller, spatulas, wood compass, knives, water spray…


To cut, to slice, to hit, to hollow out, to dig, to carve, to flatten, to smooth, to humidify…

And to turn clay into a sculpture.


In the end, I need very little...


My favorite tools are those weathered with time.

I have trouble with a new tool, I prefer it used and polished by years of work, worn out by the texture of clay.


However, in a Fine Arts store I feel like a child in a toy store ;-)


Working with clay, we can use any means readily available and I no longer count the objects diverted from their initial purpose !

So at home, sometimes, we wonder...


Did you take the spreading knife?

Where is the rolling pin for  the dough?

Where are the skewers ?

and then there are fabrics, meshes and laces, which make very beautiful prints on raw clay!




I love this tool!  It's a little bundle I brought back from Japan. I have no idea what it's for... but I think it's very beautiful ! 

Yes, it is…
A small, simple paring knife, blunt and polished over time!


In sculpture, two main techniques are used to make a clay piece.


Modelling by adding material (pellets, clay-coil or plates) or by removing it, also known as "block modelling", and which I prefer.



 This technique approaches the spirit of direct carving that means to carve on hard material like wood, stone or marble. Unlike adding  methods, it involves removing material from a compact clay mass to find the piece inside the block.



However, the main difference with a block of marble, is the possibility to change your mind !   If necessary, we can always add clay, if that's what's desired...



This small knife allows me to carve clay, to clear the main axes, to refine the guidelines and is particularly adapted to my style of sculpture with sides  and edges.

Do you have a favorite tool?

I look forward to hearing yours thoughts...


…We talked about waves and ripples.

Following your replies and according to my very personal statistics,

two major indications are emerging:

You don't like striped ties

and you prefer soft and rounded shapes!


Like me ;-)




...I'll talk to you about my sources of inspiration , my tools, my  artistic "coups de cœur",my new ideas ,in short everything which makes up my work and why it still is and always has been a passion for me. 


See you soon !  


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