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Kiran Sharma artwork and cards

Dipsy Dragon featured artist until 16th May is local print maker and artist, Kiran Sharma

KK Sharma
KK Sharma is an artist and printmaker based in North Wales.
She trained at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She now exhibits regularly with Aberystwyth Printmakers.

The sheep drawings were initially inspired by Henry Moore’s Sheep Sketch Book. During the first lockdown she sketched sheep and lambs in the fields surrounding Dyffryn Ardudwy.
Blue Lamb, Behold the Lamb (pictured here), Easter Lamb as well as Snipe 2 were all made especially for this display at Dipsy Draig. They were made painfully slowly in the growing hope and expectation that its doors would be open in the spring!

KK Sharma
Mae KK Sharma yn artist ac argraffydd ac yn dysgu Cymraeg. Mae hi wedi ‘i lleoli yng Ngogledd Cymru. Cafodd ei haddysg yn Ysgol Gelf Byam Shaw, Llundain ac Prifysgol Anglia Ruskin, Caergrawnt. Rwan mae hi’n arddangos yn rheolaidd efo Argraffwyr Aberystwyth.

Cafodd ei hysbrydoli gan lyfr Henry Moore, Sheep Sketchbook.
Yn ystod y cyfnod clo cyntaf roedd hi’n creu brasluniau o ddefaid ac wyn yn y caeau ger Dyffryn Ardudwy. Mi wnaeth hi Blue Lamb (yn y llun yma), Easter Lamb, Behold the Lamb and Snipe 2 yn arbennig ar gyfer yr arddangosfa hon yn Dispy Draig. Roedd hi’n gweithio’n araf. Roedd hi’n edrych ymlaen at y gwanwyn pan fydd siopau’n ailagor. Gobeithio!

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Dragon with a pinch pot (hollow)  tummy!

Roll the ball gently on a flat surface to smooth. If the join reappears cover over again. Continue until your ball is perfect!
You should now have 6 smaller balls and one larger ball for the dragon bits.
Sit your dragon on a flat surface so he doesn’t wobble. You can gently squeeze and slap the body round a bit and smooth the neck joints to make it all look right before you move on.
Curl the tail round as you see fit. If the tail cracks a bit rub slip onto the tail as you bend it round.
Join the pointy bit on the end of the tail!
As your dragon starts to dry you can continue to smooth the joints – this is easier when the clay is less sticky and less likely to collapse! You can use your finger, the finger tool, a brush or a sponge for this smoothing. Use as little water as possible as wetting the clay will weaken it again. Dont worry about making everything really smooth – you can make brush or smoothing marks a feature of your dragons character!!!

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Mouse or chicken with a hollow body- a little bit trickier.

There’s a trick to making birds and animals with hollow bodies. A hollow body uses less clay and is lighter and will dry out more quickly. To make a hollow body make two pitch pots and stick them together ….

I’ve written another blog post with more pictures showing how to make a hollow ball with pinch pots.

Use about 150g of clay to make a chicken or mouse. Your Dipsy ball of clay will make one of each.

Make two pinch pots and join them to make the body. Make a hole in the body and roll one end of the body to make it pointed for the nose – more pictures to follow.

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Make a hollow ball with two pinch pots.

A hollow ball can be used as a base to make many animals or birds and many other things. It can be a bit tricky at first but practice makes perfect!

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Stay at home chicken – easy

This chicken is made with a solid body like the mouse in the previous post. Use about 150g of clay – a Dipsy Dragon ball of clay will make 2. (Any ammount of clay will do if you stick to the fractions given)

Stay at home chicken!
This picture shows how to divide the clay up for all the chicken bits!
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Stay at home mouse – easy

Here are some instructions for making a mouse with a solid body. This is fine for airdry clay but not a good idea if the mouse is going to be fired in a kiln. Instructions for a mouse with a hollow body that can be fired are given in a later post.

If you use about 150 grams of clay. Your ball of clay from Dipsy dragon will make 2 mice or other animals.

**Remember to scratch and wet both surfaces of the clay when you stick bits of clay to each other**

And now you have a mouse!
You can use an extra bit of clay to make a heart or anything else for the mouse to hold.
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Easter chick

This chick is also based on a cone like the bunny in the last post. Start with two equal sized balls of clay.