Bottles – The Modelling Process

Bottle Collage

As I was working such long hours through November and December, making new models and moulds for my work that was shown in January, I didn’t get a chance to write about the processes involved. Now I have a bit of time, I have compiled the photographs to show how I created my plaster models from scratch.

I love shape design. This time I started with a very loose sketch and an idea of how I wanted the bottles to develop. After creating a metal profile and using a bench sledge to form the main body and footprint of the shape I then intuitively sculpted the forms by hand, letting the shapes instinctively come to life.

These bottles are designed to stand alongside the trug and so, to build a collection with integrity, there needed to be a strong relationship between the forms. Each bottle has exactly the same foot ring, the shape of this is taken directly from the plan view of the trug. It’s simple and successful, as it allowed me to create three different forms from one starting point.

The trickiest part of the process was adding the round neck and spare to the top of the bottle. I turned these on my throwing wheel (in the absence of a lathe) and gradually sculpted down the tops of the models, so they fit as seamlessly as possible.

I was, and still am, very happy with the results.

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