By David Henley
Clay is universally famous as a medium of inventive expression, and it additionally has nice capability for healing program. those houses of clay are celebrated jointly in a e-book that explores the heritage, conception and methods of claywork in eliciting healing results. Vignettes and case fabric clarify and extend the textual content, which interweaves an appreciation of clay in paintings with many useful feedback for its use in therapy.
by means of in accordance equivalent prestige to aesthetic results and creative integrity, the writer deals a brand new and holistic method of claywork. Practitioners and educators within the fields of treatment and artwork will locate his ebook to be an important resource of data and ideas.
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Extra resources for Clayworks in Art Therapy: Plying the Sacred Circle
For years polymer clay has been used in industrial applications such as model-making in product design, jewelry, animation, doll-making and, in the case of silly putty, as a unique kind of toy. Its versatility, its mildness and cleanliness, its ease of manipulation, its range of colors or ALTERNATIVE CLAYS 53 surface effects, and especially its low-tech requirements for processing, make it a most appealing choice for small-scale sculptural works. Of course the material should not be ingested or used for functional ceramic applications that come into contact with food.
We must next address whether the clients can tolerate surrendering their work to yet another, final firing of their pieces – a process known as the glaze-firing – or employ other alternative ways of finishing off the work, such as the use of paint and related surface treatments. 44 CLAYWORKS IN ART THERAPY To paint or glaze The finishing phase of the ceramic process entails adding colorants to the sculpture or pottery. The art therapist or client has two essential choices: to apply ceramic glaze to the work, which requires a second, glaze fire; or to paint the bisqueware with acrylic paint.
Each process may color the art therapeutic outcome: from disappointment to the thrill of opening the kiln and beholding the object transformed. Because of the investment of time, energy and resources needed to achieve a positive outcome, we have already identified the use of natural CERAMIC TECHNIQUES AND PROCESSES 57 potters’ clay as a comparatively risky art form – particularly if the idea of “built-in success” is part of the therapeutic curriculum. Given the multifaceted nature of claywork, it is easy to understand why many art therapists revel in the potential of the medium, yet at the same time may be hesitant to use the material as widely as other media in therapeutic settings.