One challenge that faces many ceramic sculptors is the sheer heft of clay, especially in a large sculpture. Ceramic artist … Read More
Explore the virtually limitless world of ceramic sculpture. Meet the clay sculpture 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.
Contemporary clay sculpture is perhaps the most diverse range of sculpture in existence, perhaps because clay has been used to make art objects longer than any other material. Browse through these archives to see images of the sometimes beautiful, sometimes unsettling works of talented contemporary ceramic sculptors and to find out more about their clay modeling 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.
Whether you are interested in finding out more about making ceramic wall art or you need to learn more about clay armature for figurative ceramic sculpture, you’ll find a wide variety of information on clay sculpture techniques in our vast archives.
You’ll find Jennifer McCurdy’s lighter-than-air, extremely carved work, which tests how thin high-fire porcelain can be and how much of it can be cut away before it collapses in the kiln. Gerit Grimm actually throws the components for her figurative sculpture on the potter’s wheel! Helen Gilmour knits ceramic teapots and then soaks them in paperclay slip and fires them. The result: ceramic sculptures that look delicate, but have the fired strength of porcelain. And Christie Brown sculpts styrofoam models and then press molds her figurative sculptures.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to ceramic sculpture techniques. From large-scale ceramic installation art to realistic animal figures, ceramic sculptors are always finding new and exciting ways to reach their goals.
In 2016, the ceramic world lost Nina Hole, the pioneer of “fire sculpture” – large, outdoor ceramic sculpture that was … Read More
Helen Gilmour is interested in the relationships between traditional crafts. So she decided to make traditional pottery forms – like … Read More
Jerilyn Virden makes sculpture and functional pottery, but there is some crossover between the two. Many of her functional pieces … Read More
If you are interested in taking your ceramic art from the tabletop to the wall, but aren’t quite sure how … Read More
Clay is a wonderful material because it can be made to look like just about anything. From Sylvia Hyman’s cardboard … Read More
Figure is not an area of ceramics that I have explored much probably because it seems like such an overwhelming … Read More