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On Tuesday 11th of January, a small group of us had an exciting 3D workshop with Clement, a PHD student at the university who specialises in sculpture.

He started off by showing us a slideshow of different kinds of sculpture and technique and then he showed us some of his own work. I found he work really interesting and aesthetically pleasing so I was excited to see what he would teach us in the workshop.

Clement gave us all a piece of fruit and said by using the method of addition, which is where we add clay to our sculpture instead of molding it with a big piece of clay, we would try and replicate this piece of fruit. I had an aubergine. He gave us an hour to complete this task. To use the clay well we had to mix it with a little water so it would expand and be much easier to mould into the shape we wanted. Although I found it a little confusing and complicated at the beginning, Clement helped me to use a tool called a spatula, which would help me improve the overall form of my aubergine, he showed me how to use it step by step and I felt at the end of this workshop I had mastered the tool.

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Next we had to transform our fruit into something different. I did not know what I wanted to make so I started to create the overall shape of the aubergine again to see if I could cut it up and manipulate it that way. However as I started to create I was talking about penguins and decided to make my aubergine into a penguin. This was hard to do but was made easier by the skills I had previously used, this time I also used texture to give a smooth and rough effect. For the beak of the penguin I had to use wire to make a steady surface to mould around.

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Although not having a lot of confidence in 3D, I felt this workshop was very beneficial not only for exploring 3D as a medium but it also helped me to better understand the brief we had been set. Clement had lots of good tips and idea which were especially useful when creating my piece. I would love to have more workshops like this one to be able to improve my skills in 3D and in clay. With this knowledge, I knew how to further explore my brief.

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