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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.


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

Pavel Amromin: Adventure Bound

Posted On October 7, 2009 0 Comments

“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.

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From Sad to Happy in Four Minutes: A Quick Course in Changing Facial Expressions in Figurative Ceramic Sculpture

Posted On September 25, 2009 25 Comments

We all know that a smile means happy, but what happens to the rest of the face when you smile? Philippe Faraut knows, and today, he’ll show us as he transforms a sculpture with a not-so-happy expression into a bright, smiling face (in about four minutes!). 

Lydia Thompson: Promises

Posted On September 15, 2009 0 Comments

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?

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Ceramic Sculpture Video: An Introduction to Figure Sculpting in Clay

Posted On August 28, 2009 29 Comments

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. 

Paper, Clay, and Steel: Combining Three Disparate Materials to Create Strong Yet Lightweight Ceramic Sculpture

Posted On March 23, 2009 2 Comments

Ceramic artist Linda Mau explains how she creates lightweight ceramic sculpture using paper clay and steel.

Barbro Åberg: Lightweight Sculpture

Posted On March 8, 2009 0 Comments

Barbro Åberg’s abstract paper clay sculptures hint at ancient language, astronomy, and biology.

Challenging Beauty: The Sculpture of Tom Bartel

Posted On February 18, 2009 0 Comments

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.

Work and Play: John Brickels

Posted On January 1, 2009 5 Comments

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