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52NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2011www.nadfas.org.ukadding the next," she explains, "The legsand feet are the last bits to go on." Magically, the animal takes shapewithout Elaine referring to sketches orphotos. "I use my anatomical knowledgeand my memory of the character of theanimal," she says. "The challenge iscombining anatomy and the essence ofthe creature to make a piece whichrepresents its life and energy." The walls of Elaine's studio are linedwith studies of dancing hares - herfavourite subject - each one chargedwith wild, whimsical energy, and thereare shelves with clay models in varyingstages of completion. Elaine's subjectsrange from farm animals to exotic wildanimals and recently she has beenexperimenting with imaginary creaturesfrom mythology. "My interest in tacklingmythological subjects was triggered bymy love for Picasso's Minotaurlithographs," she tells me, "the way hecombines his total understanding of thehuman form with the brute strength ofthe animal - they're brilliant." There arehorse's heads too, like fragments from aGreek temple. "I'm very interested inexploring animal themes from antiquity,"adds Elaine.Like all of Elaine's sculptures, theMinotaurs are made either fromstoneware clay or porcelain and aredecorated with textures and colouredslips. "Texture plays a large part in thefinished piece," explains Elaine, "I love towork with different scraps of fabric,shells, seed heads, netting and impressthem into the clay to create the illusionof animal hair and hide. Each piece isthen fired to 1,000°C before beingcoloured with stains, oxides and glazesand fired again - this time to 1,260°C -to make the finished sculpture."Not surprisingly, eager collectors fromall around the world snap up Elaine'swork. "I am selling sculptures in theGalerie du Don in France and last year Bottom left:Peto's interest in mythologicalcreatures suchas this centaurstems from herlove of Picasso's'Minotaur'lithographs Above: Peto'sProjectWorkshopsstudio is filledwith herfavouritesubject -dancing haresProject Workshops, near Andoverin Hampshire, is a vibrant centrefor the visual arts which is hometo over a dozen artists who create aunique range of sculpture, furniture,ceramics, pottery and glass vessels. Thecentre, which has expanded to includefive new workshops, covered exhibitionspace and a brand new 4,000sq ftsculpture foundry, is one of the mostmodern and competitive in the country. Elaine Peto, a sculptor based atProject Workshops since 1996, is justone of the talented artists at work in thisunique space. You have only to seePeto's remarkable animal sculptures toappreciateher mastery of clay and herdetailed understanding of animal anatomy."I've always been fascinated by the waybody structures work," she tells me. "Even now I try to build my clayanimalsfrom the inside out, rather thanjust looking at the surface. I use thinslabs of clay and stretch them likepastry to form the ribcage, rump andneck - pushing from the inside to makethe sculpture look alive and full ofenergy." She shows me how she startsbuilding each sculpture in mid-air, deftlydraping thin sheets of clay over a ricketystructureof sticks and Coke cans. "Iallow each section to dry slightly beforeClay menagerieProject Workshops offers a unique workspace for artists specialising in various mediums. Richard Atkinson-Willes meets resident sculptor Elaine Peto, whoseintriguing animal sculptures are catching the attention of collectors worldwidePROJECT WORKSHOPSI was awarded the prize for bestexhibitor at the Terraniaceramic festivalin Spain," she reveals shyly. Closer tohome, you can visit Elaine and see herwork right here. "Project Workshops issuch a supportive environment to workin," says Elaine, "and it's great beingpart of such a talented group of artists."This year studios will be open to thepublic on 7 and 8 May, when "there willbe an amazing array of sculpture,pottery, glass, furniture and painting onshow - and you can meet all the artiststoo". One can also enjoy the beautifulcourtyard, which lies at the heart of theold workshops buildings. The Project Workshops studios areopen to the public on 7 and 8 May.There is ample parking, entry is freeand light refreshments will be availableall weekend. For more details, seewww.project-workshop.co.uk or call01264 889889.