With the rise of 3D technologies, the more established skill of clay modelling, in some situations, is becoming increasingly unnecessary. We enjoy these tensions created, as new technologies are developed and their relationships with the more established skills are refined.
Much like space has now been acknowledged for both digital and analogue photography, we believe the same will occur between the skills of modelling and scanning. Each having their own aesthetic and narrative to be creatively explored.
Here at SPACER, we are lucky to be able to explore both methods side by side. Our founding Director, Stephen Melton, received formal training in clay modelling and specifically figurative traditions, through Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art. He now enjoys passing this knowledge onto our team and through our education programme, as well as employing it to fulfil various commissions.
Our clay modelling work can be seen across the UK and includes King Aethelbert and Queen Bertha in Canterbury linking three world heritage sites, to Admiral Ramsay in Aberdeenshire, and our Amy Johnson installed in both Hull and Herne Bay.
We are asked to not only create works to commemorate notable people but also to help other practitioners realise their ideas or help museums and heritage organisations with projects where this traditional skill is required.
Please do get in contact if you have any clay modelling enquiries.