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Ceramic Sculpture

Explore the virtually limitless world of ceramic sculpture. Meet the ceramic artists who bring clay to life in ways you may never have imagined. From the diminutive to the monumental, the figurative to the abstract, there are endless possibilities for expression in the form of ceramic sculpture. Browse through these archives to see images of the sometimes beautiful, sometimes unsettling works of talented ceramic sculptors and to find out more about their techniques and their motivations. And don't forget to download your free copy of Contemporary Clay Sculpture: A Collection of Four of Our Favorite Articles on Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture to see work by the latest and greatest new talents in the ceramic arts field.


Magda Gluszek’s animated figures tell open ended stories through pose, expression, and brightly colored confectionary surfaces.

From Maquette to Form: Creating Figurative Ceramic Sculptures From a Clay Sketch

Posted On January 12, 2011 22 Comments

Maquettes have long been used by artists as a way of planning out a
sculpture. They are basically three-dimensional sketches in miniature
of the eventual larger-scale work.
In today’s post, an excerpt from the January/February 2011 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Magda Gluszek walks us through her ceramic sculpture process, from maquette to form. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

In this video, Philippe Faraut returns to show us how to become ceramic hair stylists.

Ceramic Sculpture Video: How to Give Your Figurative Sculpture a Nice Coif

Posted On October 1, 2010 19 Comments

In today’s video, Philippe Faraut returns to demonstrate adding hair to a sculpture. So sit back, watch, and learn. Then race down to your studio to give it a try! Watch the video now!

Roses, by Valeria Nascimento, Royal porcelain fired to 1260 degrees celsius.

Wall Flowers: Valeria Nascimento’s Porcelain Wall Sculptures

Posted On July 14, 2010 27 Comments

Aside from being beautiful, Valéria Nascimento’s work is mounted on the wall in what I consider to be a pretty ingenious way. She uses galvanized flathead nails and glue (check with your supplier to determine the best glue to use) to afix her pieces to the wall. The nails are hidden due to the height and size of the porcelain pieces, giving the work a light, airy feel.

Philippe Faraut separates a sculpture into two sections so that it can be hollowed out.

Firing Figurative Clay Sculpture: How to Hollow Out a Handbuilt Form in Preparation for the Kiln

Posted On July 9, 2010 18 Comments

In today’s video, Philippe Faraut demonstrates how he prepares a figurative sculpture for firing by cutting the piece into two sections, hollowing it out, and then putting it all back together without the slightest hint that it was ever two pieces. Watch the video!

This piece is inspired by a traditional bronze or cast iron Japanses kettle form.

From Concept to Reality: Evaluating the Development of Influences and Ideas in Your Ceramic Art

Posted On May 3, 2010 19 Comments

In today’s post, I decided to turn to our good friend Robin Hopper for a good example of how to examine one’s work from concept to reality. Robin traces the development of some of his own works, considering the integration of form, development of imagery, and processes of final surface enrichment.

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Ceramic Sculpture Video: Ceramic Sculptor Gerit Grimm Discusses Her Wheel-Thrown and Handbuilt Figurative Sculpture

Posted On January 8, 2010 36 Comments

In today’s video, which was sent to us by Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, a.k.a. NET TV (www.netnebraska.org/television/), Gerit discusses her method of using the pottery wheel to make figurative sculpture. Watch the video!

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Making it Work as A Ceramic Sculptor

Posted On December 16, 2009 10 Comments

There are about as many ways to make a living as a ceramic sculptor as
there are people attempting it. Today,
ceramic sculptor Mark Chatterly discusses his approach to making art, surviving as an artist and his best advice for those wishing to do the same. He also takes us through the process he uses to make his large-scale sculptures.

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Ceramic Sculpture Video – The Curious Case of Benjamin Ballclay: See An Old Man Become Youthful in Under Two Minutes

Posted On October 16, 2009 20 Comments

We have two videos for you today. For fun, you can watch ceramic sculptor Philippe Faraut sculpt the years away and return an old man to his youth in under two minutes. Plus, you can watch the reverse in real time, complete with expert instructions. 

Attention Ceramic Sculpture Fans: New Download on Contemporary Clay Sculpture Available!

Posted On October 12, 2009 6 Comments

Sculptor Doug Herren discusses his approach to making art, surviving as an artist and his best advice for those wishing to do the same.

Kenneth Baskin: 20th Century Artifacts

Posted On October 7, 2009 1 Comment

Developing techniques he still uses today, Baskin fired some pieces up to five times to achieve a certain effect. The first, and highest, firing is always in an atmospheric kiln for a spontaneous, natural looking surface. Adding silicon carbide to slips, Baskin accomplishes a gritty, textured surface. Additional layers of glazes and a black wash fired at lower temperatures complete the design