The Figure in Clay: Contemporary Sculpting Techniques by Master Artists

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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 Velásquez painting and Christyl Boger creates a lavishly decorated, classically formal figurine. Each ...
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Overview

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 Velásquez 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.
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This fascinating book uses the broadest definition possible of "the figure." Nine master ceramists approach the complexities of sculpting the human figure in ways that are elegant, playful, and often disturbing. Examples range from representational to abstract, diminutive to heroic. Nan Smith uses a range of mold-making techniques and precise slab construction; Akio Takamori coil-builds a simplified figure inspired by a Vel zquez painting; and Christyl Boger creates a lavishly decorated, classically formal figurine. Bound by neither academic formulas nor cultural traditions, these artists reflect an advanced level of the New Ceramic Art, a movement that began in the 1970s. Highly recommended for large art collections. For the basics in sculpting the figure-lessons useful in any three-dimensional medium-see also Dick Onians's Carving the Human Figure: Studies in Wood and Stone. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579906115
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: A Lark Ceramics Book Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 964,212

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