The current Fired Up exhibition contains many different styles of work, one of the most striking being the clay heads sculpted by Kay Latto.
Today Kay ran a very popular course where the nine attendees sculpted a small clay head. Kay demonstrated how these heads started with two thumb pots pressed together to give the basic shape, the hollow form protecting the sculpture from exploding in the kiln. The features are then slowly built up with eyes, nose, lips and ears added to bring the face to life.
By the end of the session real personality and humanity was captured in these small sculptures, with goddesses, ex military men and at least one faerie waiting to go in the kiln.
The Fired Up exhibition programme of events continues for the rest of the week. On Friday 22nd Harrogate college student Lynn Cook will be demonstrating glass bead making, using the lamp work technique (10-3).
Saturday 23rd will be another busy day with a Raku workshop running 10-4 (Cost £10 per person, please contact Rural Arts to book), and a demonstration from Harrogate college tutors of various hand throwing techniques.