Virginia started making dogs from plasticine at a very early age, and just never really stopped we guess. 'A dog's face is so expressive' says Virginia, ' I love the way that repositioning an ear or eyebrow can change the whole look of a dog.'
Her dogs start their lives as hollow extruded tubes which are then cut and formed. The first stage is making the body, to do this Virginia packs her basic shape with newspaper and leaves it until leather hard. She then starts to construct the rest of the dog, bracing its limbs with props and clay until they are dry enough to support themselves. Where the clay is joined, she leaves a torn or cut edge to shows that she is using clay and how it has been put together. The spotty and patchy dogs Virginia produces are the result of masking certain areas where she doesn't want the smoke to reach.
Size: Height 8cm x Width 14cm x Length 35.5cm
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