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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.


Making Plaster Press Molds Using Styrofoam as a Building Block

Posted On May 7, 2014 6 Comments

I realized that we were really due for a sculpture post here on CAD, so today I am featuring the work of Christie Brown. This post doesn’t only pertain to sculpture though. Christie’s techniques could easily be adapted for functional work. In today’s post, an excerpt from Ceramics and the Human Figure, Edith Garcia explains Christie’s how Christie makes her molds from Styrofoam models and then press molds and assembles her work.


Changing Spaces: Making Large-Scale Ceramic Sculpture

Posted On March 19, 2014 2 Comments

Today, ceramic artist Jason Green explains his process for creating ceramic work on an architectural scale.


Egyptian Paste: Building Sculpturally with Color

Posted On February 18, 2014 4 Comments

Egyptian paste or faience is a low-fire mixture of ceramic materials containing clay, sand, colorants, frits, and soluble salts. These salts effervesce to the surface along with water as the paste slowly dries, forming crystals, which create a self-glazing clay-glaze hybrid once fired. Deborah Sigel was intrigued by the properties of Egyptian paste the opportunity to “build sculpturally with color” and today, in an excerpt from the March/April 2013 issue of Pottery Making Illustrated, Mary Cloonan explains Deborah’s interesting process and beautiful results.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



A Couple of Cool Clay Sculpture Techniques

Posted On December 11, 2013 1 Comment

The malleability of clay makes it possible to bend and shape in into any shape imaginable. But as we all know, this malleability can also present challenges. In today’s post, an excerpt from Sculpting and Handbuilding, Claire Loder gives some sculpting tips and shares a couple of techniques from two ceramic sculptors.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor. 


Making Delicate Porcelain Sculpture with Porcelain Slip and Flaxed Paper Clay

Posted On May 8, 2013 7 Comments

Helen Gilmour is interested in the relationships between traditional crafts. So she decided to make traditional pottery forms – like teapots and bowls – that look like they are knitted. The result is a form that at first glance appears soft, but on closer examination has the fired strength of porcelain. In today’s post, Helen explains the process she came up with to make these delicate looking vessels. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


Clay on the Wall: An Introduction to Hanging Ceramic Wall Pieces

Posted On August 8, 2012 12 Comments

Today, in an excerpt from her new book Wall Pieces, Dominique Bivar Segurado goes over several materials and methods for hanging ceramic wall art.

Finished wheel-thrown, altered and carved sculpture by Jennifer McCurdy.

Testing the Limits of Porcelain in Wheel Thrown, Altered and Carved Sculptures

Posted On January 21, 2011 73 Comments

Jennifer McCurdy has been working with porcelain for over twenty five years and for the last several years, she has been really putting it to the test structurally. She has been experimenting with how thin high fire porcelain can be before it collapses in the kiln and how much can it be cut away and still maintain structural integrity? The results of these experiments are stunning sculptures that reflect the movement of the potter’s wheel and the fire of the kiln. Today, Jennifer demonstrates her techniques from the initial thrown form to the lighter-than-air finished piece.

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 21 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.