The Boat
The Boat
The Boat

Inspiration
The concept for this series of pieces began with a question about whether human figures could be used instead of coils to build up a traditionally coiled form. The artist experimented with this technique and found that it results in an effective sculptural form. ‘The Boat’ is an uncomfortable piece and it aims to be. It is open to interpretation but for the artist, it echoes images that have been present in the media in relation to the migrate crisis, images of human bodies washed ashore. It also reflects how humans are viewed as different from other animals and aims to create a visceral reaction when the tables are turned. Both concepts are themes that are easier to turn away from than face head-on, and in that this piece is confrontational. The inspiration and meaning of Anastassia’s work are not fixed and are likely to develop and become clearer through the making process. Explanation about any further development can be provided upon the completion of the piece.

What the work will look like
The piece is a small, simple rowing boat piled up with human figures as if they are fish caught by the fishermen. It is hard to distinguish which limb belongs to whom, as the mass of bodies becomes an entity in itself. Not all limbs are complete, some are missing their forearms or whole legs as a nod to damaged marble sculptures. There is no detail in the faces and no detail of fingers or toes; this is to contribute to the anonymity and interpretation of the figures as a whole rather than individuals. The stoneware clay serves as a base and creates the form and is finished with a white glaze.

Outline of the creative process
The entire piece is hand-built from stoneware clay. The process starts by creating the boat form using a slab building technique. Each figure is individually sculpted in a different posture; the figures are then stacked on top of each other joining them by scoring and slipping. Once the form is built up the overall composition of the piece is complete. Any irregularities in the surface can then be refined.

The piece is left to dry slowly under plastic to avoid cracking. Once it is bone dry it goes into the kiln for the first time to be bisque fired. After the kiln reaches temperature and cools down the piece is ready to be glazed.

Using a large bucket of dipping glaze, the entire piece is submerged and held in the glaze for several seconds. When the glaze has dried the bottom of the boat is wiped with a wet sponge to prevent it from sticking to the glaze shelf. Once the kiln is fired to cone 6 and cooled, the piece is complete.

Time required to create the work
6 weeks


The Boat

Regular price
£690.00
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£690.00
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By Anastassia Zamaraeva

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The price listed here is the full price, of which you pay 25% now and the remaining 75% upon receipt of the finished work.

Medium: Stoneware, Glaze

Size: 15cm high, 20cm long, 8cm wide

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  • Inspiration
    The concept for this series of pieces began with a question about whether human figures could be used instead of coils to build up a traditionally coiled form. The artist experimented with this technique and found that it results in an effective sculptural form. ‘The Boat’ is an uncomfortable piece and it aims to be. It is open to interpretation but for the artist, it echoes images that have been present in the media in relation to the migrate crisis, images of human bodies washed ashore. It also reflects how humans are viewed as different from other animals and aims to create a visceral reaction when the tables are turned. Both concepts are themes that are easier to turn away from than face head-on, and in that this piece is confrontational. The inspiration and meaning of Anastassia’s work are not fixed and are likely to develop and become clearer through the making process. Explanation about any further development can be provided upon the completion of the piece.

    What the work will look like
    The piece is a small, simple rowing boat piled up with human figures as if they are fish caught by the fishermen. It is hard to distinguish which limb belongs to whom, as the mass of bodies becomes an entity in itself. Not all limbs are complete, some are missing their forearms or whole legs as a nod to damaged marble sculptures. There is no detail in the faces and no detail of fingers or toes; this is to contribute to the anonymity and interpretation of the figures as a whole rather than individuals. The stoneware clay serves as a base and creates the form and is finished with a white glaze.

    Outline of the creative process
    The entire piece is hand-built from stoneware clay. The process starts by creating the boat form using a slab building technique. Each figure is individually sculpted in a different posture; the figures are then stacked on top of each other joining them by scoring and slipping. Once the form is built up the overall composition of the piece is complete. Any irregularities in the surface can then be refined.

    The piece is left to dry slowly under plastic to avoid cracking. Once it is bone dry it goes into the kiln for the first time to be bisque fired. After the kiln reaches temperature and cools down the piece is ready to be glazed.

    Using a large bucket of dipping glaze, the entire piece is submerged and held in the glaze for several seconds. When the glaze has dried the bottom of the boat is wiped with a wet sponge to prevent it from sticking to the glaze shelf. Once the kiln is fired to cone 6 and cooled, the piece is complete.

    Time required to create the work
    6 weeks