Kordula Coleman sculptures
Stories in Clay – Ceramic sculptures of the human figure
I am a student of human nature and the human body, whose gestures can express that nature so eloquently. That is why my sculptural work is focused on humans, and their emotional, intellectual and spiritual processes. I explore the numerous possibilities of telling human stories by certain poses, facial features, gestures or clothing characteristics. I love working with clay, because it is amazingly supple, versatile, and forgiving, if you treat it right. These qualities remind me of the human body.
My pieces are detailed and close to nature. These details, especially of the face, enable me to feel connected with the piece. I love working on the facial expression of the piece until we “click”. My work focuses on emotions and subjects that inspire me and make me appreciate life with all its turns, even if some pieces hint at darker states of mind. A sculpture idea might come to me while listening to music, reading, watching movies, or even just from hearing an evocative phrase or statement.
My greatest reward is when I am told by a viewer that a piece of mine made the experience or emotional state I want to portray palpable to them.
After I’ve sketched a pose, I build my piece from chunks of clay or clayslabs, then hollow it out once leather hard, if the thickness requires it. After the first firing, I apply underglaze colors and then a transparent top glaze, or other partial glazing. After the second firing the piece is finished, except for the occasional application of gold leaf.