Beth Cavener Stitcher’s Sculptures

American Studio Artist Beth Cavner Stitcher is known for her veiled anthropomorphism where she creates an animal image and then inbeds it with human emotions and complexities. She creates her huge sculptures using clay, then segments them in order to put them in the kiln and afterwards very carefully re-assembles them. She produces choppy whirls and spirals on the clay to create the texture and appearance of fur and often colours her works with ombre shades. She has a clearly identifiable sculpture technique which I admire. This research has given me ideas for how larger pieces can be dismantled for the kiln in such a way that the parts then slot back together, reasonably easily and in an aesthetically pleasing way. I have also gained an understanding of the realistic effects that can be achieved on the surface of clay.



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