Max Lamb - Nike Cup

I soon realised I did not have the skill or dexterity to mould a trophy with my feet.

I planned to make a trophy, like a winning 'cup'. I used a synthetic clay called Milliput that is mixed from two components and stays malleable for about 1 hour before it hardens. So time was not on my side. After 3-4 hours it sets rock solid. I chose the natural terra cotta colour as I wanted it to relate directly to traditional pottery. The clay is quite expensive so I bought just 10 packs and it was only once I had mixed them all together I realised I perhaps should have bought more.

Milliput behaves very differently to traditional clay, being harder and thus less malleable, and it also begins to slump under its own weight making it very difficult to control. Cost being a restriction, and the fact I only had one pair of trainers, I didn't have a 'training session' and went straight into the ball of clay with my brand new shiny Nike Waffle Racers.

I had to move quickly if I was to achieve my goal as I only had a 30 minute window to work the clay before it hardened. I soon realised I did not have the skill or dexterity to mould a trophy with my feet. I settled on the idea of making a more traditional cup shape that I somehow achieved after 20 minutes of playing. But the clay definitely got the better of me. It then continued to slowly slump once I finished moulding to the point where my cup flattened into a bowl. I am hopeful that with a little more practice and if I start with a larger ball of traditional clay I will be able to make a winning cup with my Nikes. I am ready for round two.

Max Lamb