Sketching in Space: How to Get a Quick Start on Sculpting the Hand
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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 new 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… Read More »
It’s that time of year again. Students and teachers are heading back to school. So we thought we’d have a back-to-school sale on of our most popular DVD for the education set – Neil Patterson’s Clay Projects and Fundamentals. Perhaps the best way to gain an understanding of clay and all it’s properties is to pick up a lump and start shaping it. And modeling clay into the human form is a great way to learn about proportion, symmetry, and gesture. In today’s post, Neil takes us through a simple figure sculpting project. This project also ties in well with history and world cultures lessons.
Last Friday, I posted a video filmed at a Potters Council conference earlier this year. In the video, Tammy Marinuzzi demonstrated her handbuilding techniques for her figurative functional pottery. Today, I am sharing part two. In this segment, Tammy shows us how she makes the lids for her lidded jars, and how she adds life to the work by adding expressive eyes, noses, and mouths.
Jennifer McCurdy has been working with porcelain for over twenty five years and for the last several years, she has been really putting it to the test structurally. She has been experimenting with how thin high fire porcelain can be before it collapses in the kiln and how much can it be cut away and still maintain structural integrity? The results of these experiments are stunning sculptures that reflect the movement of the potter’s wheel and the fire of the kiln. Today, Jennifer demonstrates her techniques from the initial thrown form to the lighter-than-air finished piece.
In today’s video, Philippe Faraut returns to demonstrate adding hair to a sculpture. So sit back, watch, and learn. Then race down to your studio to give it a try! Watch the video now!
Today’s video is one of our honorable mentions from our recent
Studio Tour Video Contest. It was submitted by Dianne Kimball of
Steilacoom, Washington. In the video, Dianne demonstrates how she makes
lovely clay flowers on her pottery wheel. I thought it was an
appropriate project to share right about now, what with summer
approaching and spring flowers popping up all around. You won’t have to
look far for inspiration. Watch the video!