It is always a treat to watch Philippe Faraut in action sculpting a figure. He makes it look so easy that it’s hard not to feel like racing down to the studio to give it a try. Of course, we all know it isn’t as easy as it looks. But Philippe is a great teacher,… Read More »
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I love Brazilian ceramic artist Val©ria Nascimento’s work. Her delicate, ultra-thin porcelain wall pieces seem to defy gravity. Ah yes, “Flower,” pictured at left, or “Roses,” pictured below, would be just perfect hanging on my living room wall (though it’s probably not the best idea considering the fact that I have a toddler). Aside from… Read More »
A while back, we featured an introduction to figure sculpting in clay from Philippe Faraut in which Philippe explained how to use a dowel rod and wadded up paper as a base on which to build a form. When it comes time to fire those sculptures, they need to be removed from the form and… Read More »
The biggest challenge I face in the studio is focus. Being exposed to a vast array of incredible work and cool techniques day in and day out, as I am here at Ceramic Arts Daily, is both a blessing and a curse. Often times, when I get to the studio I can’t figure out what… Read More »
When most people think of wheel throwing, they think functional pottery, but there’s no rule saying the pottery wheel has to be used only for making pots. Many ceramic sculptors quite effectively use the wheel as a tool including German sculptor Gerit Grimm, an artist in residence at the Lux Center for the Arts in… Read More »
There are about as many ways to make a living as a ceramic sculptor as there are people attempting it. Mark Chatterley makes his living making large-scale figurative ceramics. Today, in an excerpt from Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques, he shares his advice and experience on balancing life and work, promoting and selling, as well as… Read More »
Okay, so I had a little fun with this week’s video of the week. If you’ve been a subscriber to Ceramic Arts Daily for a while, you’ve seen ceramic sculptor Philippe Faraut’s incredible sculpting skills (if you’re new to us, be sure to check out the other clips in our archives). Well, Philippe returns… Read More »
If you’re a fan of contemporary ceramic sculpture, then you know that there is no shortage of innovative, expressive work going on in the field. And to provide a snapshot of this diverse work, we decided to gather a few of our favorite articles on contemporary clay sculpture into a free download for our subscribers…. Read More »
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
“Adventure Bound” is the most recent offering from ceramic
sculptor Pavel Amromin. This series could be described with a variety of
singular terms: cute, naked, vulnerable, lush, polychrome, intoxicating,
excessive, disquieting, and unnerving.