The Year 11s also tried out various construction methods for their Nude Fruit organic project. Not only did they have a go with cardboard tube cylinders, I also got them to try less formal shapes, such as slumping clay over the rounded arm of a mannequin. Again, we sprayed the surface with a bit of olive oil. The idea was to get an organic rounded form. As the project entails an anthropomorphic human quality to the objects, the use of a mannequin was fortunate.
I also brought in a few plaster moulds of interesting patterns and textures, and the school already had a good library of existing plaster mould shapes, which were used to obtain interesting impressed surfaces in the clay.
The idea was to create a variety of forms as component parts and then mix and match the shapes.