This clip was excerpted from Figure Sculpting in Clay, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!
Figure is not an area of ceramics that I have explored much probably because it seems like such an overwhelming endeavor. But watching Melisa Cadell’s video Figure Sculpting in Clay, made me want to give it a try.
In today’s excerpt, Melisa shows how you can start off with a simple tracing of your own hand on a slab of clay and quickly create a “claysketch” by adding and taking away clay. It is pretty cool how quickly this fairly convincing hand comes together. Though this clip doesn’t take us through to the final refinements of the sculpture, it will help dispel the fears you may have about sculpting the figure because it is such a practical way to approach it. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
To learn more about Melisa Cadell or to see more images of her work, please visit www.melisacadell.com.