Drawing Through Clay

Rachel Dickson

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It is no coincidence that we refer to the ‘making’ of a drawing. To draw is to make and to make is to draw. To draw on skills, experience, material qualities, the past, a glimpse of the future and the influence of others. Others who have taught us, told us their stories, showed us their own secrets and entrusted us to pass them on. Others we have never met.How do we learn to explore our own stories through material and line. Is this a skill developed by chance, by coincidence, through the influence of other ‘drawings’, by experimentation, or being directed. Yet in all cases the link between the head and hand unfolds through the ‘drawing’. The hand often answers many questions that the mind or sketch cannot, and there may also be lessons to be learned of trust. A trust in the ability of the artist/maker, and experience stored that is somehow remembered through the hand.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-60
JournalCeramics Now
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jun 2015


  • ceramics
  • clay
  • 3d printing
  • drawing
  • making


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