The Well
The Well
The Well

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. Wells are often used to symbolise life as they are used to extract water from the earth. But they also hold fear, like deep, dark places, where one may fall into and have no way out. This piece plays with both by showing a source of life built on the sacrifice of death. There is a tension between the rigidity of the round shape of the well and the natural form of the building blocks. ‘The Well’ can be seen as a memorial for lives lost in the name of progress. It shows ambivalence and willingness to sacrifice individuals for gain. 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
Organic forms of human figures are piled up into a structured round well shape. There is a contrast between the rigidity of the shape of the well and the natural form of the building blocks. 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. 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 sticking to the glaze shelf. Once the kiln is fired to cone 6 and cooled, the piece is complete.

 

Time required to complete the art piece
6 weeks


The Well

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£1,265.00
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£1,265.00
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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, 25cm wide, 25cm deep

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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. Wells are often used to symbolise life as they are used to extract water from the earth. But they also hold fear, like deep, dark places, where one may fall into and have no way out. This piece plays with both by showing a source of life built on the sacrifice of death. There is a tension between the rigidity of the round shape of the well and the natural form of the building blocks. ‘The Well’ can be seen as a memorial for lives lost in the name of progress. It shows ambivalence and willingness to sacrifice individuals for gain. 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
    Organic forms of human figures are piled up into a structured round well shape. There is a contrast between the rigidity of the shape of the well and the natural form of the building blocks. 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. 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 sticking to the glaze shelf. Once the kiln is fired to cone 6 and cooled, the piece is complete.

     

    Time required to complete the art piece
    6 weeks