New views and processes


Cooling off. Polymer clay doll form after baking. Image: Su Leslie 2019

When we look at a piece of art, it is easy to forget that in its making, it may have gone through many stages or forms quite different to the end result.

Polymer clay doll-making is an excellent example, often beginning with a wire and aluminium foil armature around which clay is formed — sometimes for the whole body, but in many cases just for heads, hands and feet.


Once the clay is sculpted and baked it must be cooled before the soft materials that will form the body can be attached. Image: Su Leslie 2019


Clay, especially small pieces, are extremely fragile and need to be properly cooled before the next stage can begin. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I have made dolls in the past, but these belong to students at a recent workshop held by an artist friend. I was there solely as the photographer.

I must say though, it did rather inspire me.

Posted to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | something different

36 thoughts on “New views and processes

  1. Tell me about small pieces of clay being fragile! I was transporting something quite delicate yesterday to my workplace where my kiln is and kept holding it like raw eggs all the way! ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was worth the effort though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now, I only have to pray that it won’t explode inside the kiln! ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Your pictures are awesome, and the clay dolls too – makes me really want to try out polymer clay! And the one in the first pic looks like Dobby who I just adore! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Iโ€™m glad you got it there safely, and I hope itโ€™s ok in the kiln (photos of the fired piece please cos now Iโ€™m curious about it). I can imagine you making dolls โ€” and being really good at it. They require lots of different skills; sculpting, painting, textiles, even jewellery-making. You have all of those.

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      • Aww – thanks! I really want to try this out, it seems a lovely way too to connect it with a story of some sorts, though I wonder what will come first: the story or the doll??
        Have a wonderful weekend, Su! Hugs! xxxxx

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        • Claire started making them as models to sketch from in the books. She found that illustrating a story needed her to be able to draw her characters in lots of different poses. I think for her the story sparks the doll which then takes on a life of its own and influences the story.
          Wishing you a wonderful, creative weekend too xxxxx

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          • That makes total sense to me! Drawing the same character from different perspectives is always tricky. Will definitely have to try this out now!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks! xxxxxxx

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