Letting Creativity Flow
I spent hours and hours, on my initial pieces. Much of this time was laced with contemplation, hesitation and measuring: intent on the creation of exactness. I decided on the finished form before I started and was hell bent on achieving it no matter what. The resultant contrivance ironically felt far removed from the intended inventive creation. Perhaps this is a necessary step for skill building. I certainly learnt a lot from it.
So what do I mean then "The less contrived, the easier it transpires"? We've all had a moment when we can't put a name to a face. Try as we might, even going through the alphabet, we can't extract the knowledge from our mind. In fact, the harder we try the worse it gets. But as soon as we stop trying, even think of something else, as if by magic, there it is: the name shouts out to us. So too, I've found, is the nature of creating sculpture, or any art for that matter.
The beauty of this substance is that you can move it around freely. There's no need to cover or dampen it between sittings (as with clay) and you could come back to it after months and still work on it. Ideal then for simply playing with an idea.