The Figure in Clay

The Figure in Clay

Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists, Arleo, Boger, Burns, Gonzalez, Jeck, Novak, Smith, Takamori, Walsh

Book - 2005 | 1st ed
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Nine master ceramic artists present their personal approaches to sculpting the human figure in a spectacular volume that's both technically illuminating and visually inspirational. The outstanding examples range from representational to abstract, diminutive to heroic. Nan Smith uses a range of mold-making techniques and precise slab construction, while Akio Takamori coil-builds a simplified figure inspired by a Vel#65533;squez painting and Christyl Boger creates a lavishly decorated, classically formal figurine. Each featured sculptor discusses the unique attractions and challenges of his or her method, and a series of detailed color photographs follows the artwork as it takes shape. In addition, there's a gallery of contemporary pieces selected by the major contributors. Glen R. Brown, a noted writer on ceramics, provides an insightful, thought-provoking introduction.
Publisher: New York : Lark Books, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781579906115
Branch Call Number: ANF 731.82 FIG
ANF 731.82 FIG
Characteristics: 176 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E.


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Jan 28, 2016

A remarkably interesting book, but for intermediate to strong artists in clay only. Many colour photos of ceramic figures and how they were created, but no text about the exact instructions. Depicts life size human figures in clay, realized by papier-mâché and plaster molds, most resulting in ceramic figures. Small construction in bronze is virtually ignored. Tools (how to build armature) are glossed over.

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