A field of blooming cotton under a blue sky can be dazzling, even
disorienting as its snowy appearance conjures associations radically at
odds with the dry heat of a summer day. This curious confounding of the
senses is perhaps only fitting, since cotton is enveloped by other,
more troubling, contradictions as well. Fleecy white cotton bolls are
visually and tactically among the most appealing of all natural forms,
and there is little wonder that an artist should find them formally
inspiring. To the eye, what could better exemplify purity?
In today’s video, ceramic sculptor Philippe Faraut draws on his many years of sculpting experience and his vast knowledge of human anatomy to show us how to sculpt an anatomically correct skull in clay.
Today, ceramic artist Jason Green explains his process for creating ceramic work on an architectural scale.
Paper, Clay, and Steel: Combining Three Disparate Materials to Create Strong Yet Lightweight Ceramic Sculpture
Ceramic artist Linda Mau explains how she creates lightweight ceramic sculpture using paper clay and steel.
Barbro Åberg’s abstract paper clay sculptures hint at ancient language, astronomy, and biology.
The strength of Bartel’s work lies in its ability to straddle the line between humor, religious and historical imagery, and the familiar. His sculptures depict vulnerable human forms that are often changed by outside influences.
Sculptor John Brickels discusses his approach to making art, surviving as an artist and his best advice for those wishing to do the same.
At the workshop, Debra demonstrated her handbuilding technique, which combines modeling, pinching and coiling for small figurative ceramic sculptures. After small sculptures are constructed, surface decoration was discussed and attendees had the hands-on opportunity to experiment with slips, underglazes, impressions and mark-making to start a surface on wet clay. Today, Debra has offered a glimpse into the surface decoration techniques she went go over at the workshop.