As a young curly haired lad I would love to make clay monsters, i actually shot a couple of stop motion shorts with me first video camera aspiring to put Ray Harryhausen to shame.
Many years have passed since this failed entereprise and i have not dabbled in clay again, however i do plan to again some time in the near future, I hear there's a new kind of clay called sculpey wich seems to be quite revolutionary. Why do you ask, my dear?
I have fallen in love with the clay medium, and I feel that it has taken my creative ability and drawings to a new level. I am always encouraging people to try it, simply because it has been an amazing experience for me.
I think it's amazing you have made stop motion shorts! My sculpting instructor in college petitioned his university to actually have stop motion animation as a major. He worked with ( I unfortunately do not know his name) a notable stop motion artist who worked on a show in the United States called "Celebrity Death Match". It was a satire done in stop motion having celebrities fight each other.
I have yet to try sculpey, but it is considerably cheaper than using kiln fire clay like I'm used to. I have heard that creative paper clay is also excellent. I simply thought that your work would look amazing as ceramic tiles, dishware, or even sculpture.
Ive seen Celebrity Death Match, its actually quite good, if you want to see some amazing stop motion animation check out the Simbad films of Ray Harryhausen.
Kiln fire clay? So you need one of em' special ovens for that?
There was this street artist I saw once in Brazil who made busts of people with clay in about 20 minutes, the guy was amazing, I didnt have any money so I didnt get one done but I asked him what kind of clay he used that dries without needing an oven, but he said it was a secret, lol. I wanted to know cause I was actually contemplating doing this to make money during my travels, I was backpacking around the world back then, he would charge the equivalent of 50 bucks and I saw him sculpt 3 busts in one hour, and there was a line of tourists waiting for him, Huzzah!
The clay I use is the traditional ceramic clay where they use kiln to vitrify the clay once at 1500-1800 degrees and another with glaze (liquid glass) at another 1800 degrees if I'm not mistaken. I am currently learning a ancient Japanese firing technique called Raku that pulls clay pieces straight from a 1800 degree kiln, then put into a container filled with organic matter (in modern times a garbage can filled with news paper) that promptly is lit on fire by the heat and is closed off by the garbage can lid to reduce the oxygen flow. This allows the glazes to come into full effect. It's a exciting and fun process in my opinion.
I grew up watching Harryhausen films! I loved the Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and The Argonauts.
The street artist you encountered sounded amazing. I read an article that an artist in India sculpted human busts with frozen blood. I don't know how he actually maintained these pieces but apparently people donate blood to him to create such work and he's rather famous.