Stuck without an idea in mind but a desire to make something anyway? When this state of confusion strikes, put your hands to work with what I call clay doodling. You know? Mindlessly squishing my clay until it starts to take shape into something. I find this to be a great way to getting back in the saddle so to speak after a sculpting dry spell.

I have been so busy lately with my day job, family time and my children's sporting activities, that I've had very little time to feel artistic. Without time for self, it's difficult for even the most talented artist to find inspiration. On my down time, I tend to find myself plopped on the couch with a good book unwinding instead of at my clay table.

Here's a peek at one of my go-to clay doodles...disembodied heads. Just in time for Halloween! When you get stuck, I hope this will give you a bit of inspiration to keep going. I'm sharing a few of the steps in my process so you can see how it takes shape. As with almost all of my work the basic step is a tightly compacted foil core. From there, let your imagination roll!

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