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
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“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.
The key to sculpting realistic human figures in clay is understanding how all the muscle groups work together. If you’re after lifelike sculptures, you’ll definitely need to study human anatomy and know it, well, inside and out. Philippe Faraut knows anatomy inside and out. We shared a little bit of Phillipe’s knowledge in a video… Read More »
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?
If you are into figurative sculpture, whether it be realistic or abstract, today’s video is a must-watch. In this excerpt from the first of his three-disc DVD set, The Art of Sculpting, Philippe Faraut demonstrates how to get started off right when sculpting a human head. Drawing on many years of sculpting experience and his… Read More »
One challenge that faces many ceramic sculptors is the sheer heft of clay, especially in a large sculpture. Ceramic artist Linda Mau faced just such a problem when she wanted to build a series of geometric sculptures that were to be suspended by nylon line. The solution she came up with involved paper, clay and… Read More »
Barbro Åberg’s abstract paper clay sculptures hint at ancient language, astronomy, and biology.
It has been argued that people react more positively to representational art because it leads them down a road that is more comfortable or familiar to them. What happens when that road of comfort becomes twisted, confused and all together abstract? Hopefully, the viewer, while being subverted, will find themselves in an area that is… Read More »
Sculptor John Brickels discusses his approach to making art, surviving as an artist and his best advice for those wishing to do the same.