Last week I accidentally stumbled onto a new way to sculpt faces, and I’m having so much fun with it that I had to share it with you. These clay faces are not portraits, and not “right” in any way – but that’s what makes them so much fun.
In the video you’ll see that I just grab a lump of WED clay from the bag, check to see if it already has an almost-mouth or nose or eyes, and if I don’t see anything face-like in the clay I keep squashing and folding it until something shows up. In this case, it was a mouth. Then I start adding to it, always trying to let the clay do most of the work.
No expectations, no “right” way to do it, (and no “wrong” way, either!). It’s just for fun.
I think it’s also a great way to remember how important the creative process is for our well-being – perhaps even more important than the item we create. Of course, I’m not the first person to realize that making stuff has therapeutic value.
In fact, one of my favorite books is Ode to the Human Face: Seeing/Modeling the Human Face as Meditation, by Frederick Franck. I go back to it several times a year because it’s such an inspiration.
Yeah, I know my little face is silly, but I really enjoyed playing with the clay, with no expectations about how it should look when it was done. So, let me know what you think. Does this look like fun?