Check out this clever work with paper.
Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman put paper pulp into clay moulds and pressurise it to remove the water. The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed, and the couple painstakingly add detailed finishings with a wide range of tools.
Allen explained their technique: "It should not be confused with papier mache. The two mediums are completely different. I call what we do ‘cast paper sculpture".
"Some of them we create are life size and some we scale down to 1/6 life size"
"These sculptures are posed as standing nude figures and limited detailed animals with no ears, tails or hair"
"We transform them by sculpting on top of them – creating detail with soft and hard paper we make in various thicknesses and textures. We have really enjoyed the development of our fine art techniques over the years and have created a process that is worth sharing. There are many artists and sculptors who we believe will enjoy this medium as much as we have."