Porcelain paperclay hands and feet, cast into latex moulds which are reinforced with plaster bandage. The process of making these was fairly lengthy, with initial moulds of the students hand and foot made using alginate. These were then filled with plaster to create the form for casting in latex. The latex is approximately 5mm thick, reinforced with scrim. A casing was then added using plaster bandage (mod-roc) to keep the flexible latex moulds from bending out of shape. Finally porcelain paperclay was pressed into the latex moulds and the two halves of each hand and foot joined at either leather hard or bone dry stage.
The process of casting with paperclay into flexible rubber moulds is an exciting process which allows forms undercuts to be cast due to the strength and flexibility of the paperclay and the ability to peel the flexible rubber mould away from the cast. Further explorations of this process can be seen as part of my residency at Loughborough University here.
(Student Caroline Taylor; Stroud College Ceramic Sculpture class)