I never did art in high school, in fact I never even considered it. All it took was one uptight and ignorant art teacher to put me off entirely. Instead I took very academic subjects and got myself ready to start to attend university and studying something which would lead to a career in medicine.
Thanks goodness a gap year spent doing odd jobs and finding myself convinced me that medicine was not the route for me. So I took a chance and applied to the Cape Technikon to study Graphic Design. Well the rest is history – here I am many years later, a happy (and somewhat successful) designer. No thanks to that twit of an art teacher who convinced me I didn’t possess an artist bone in my body.
Enough ranting Jo! My point here is not to moan about the stupidity of the past, but instead to highlight what I think I missed out on at school – ceramics and pottery classes (amongst other arty adventures) – I would have loved to learn how to manipulate clay and make beautiful things.
For a while now I have had my eye on a few ceramic artists who’s simple but endearing pieces have really given me so much inspiration – so I decided to throw caution to the wind and give this sculpting thing a bash.
After much time spent on Pinterest and Google as well as watching countless Youtube tutorials I am now officially ready to start some serious sculpting… so watch this space – I promise to share more of my journey here.
In the interim, here is one of my current favourite artists, Flor Panichelli. Flor is an Argentinian living in London – her work is strange and magical (in a really good way) and reminds me of forgotten illustrations in fairytale books that my Dad read to me as a kid. She sculpts using paper clay, acrylics and varnish. You can read more about Flor on her blog here.
I am wildly jealous of Flor’s amazing talent and can only hope my novice attempts look a smidgin as special as hers do.
Read more about Flor Panichelli from Sweet Bestiary here