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Figure Sculpting in Clay with Melisa Cadell

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Melisa Cadell shares her straightforward and accessible techniques for sculpting the human form. In addition to demonstrating how to create figures with attention to anatomical detail, Melisa also addresses how to infuse the figure with emotional and gestural qualities that help breathe life into the work. Feeling that they are often overlooked, yet crucial to creating believable figures, Melisa starts out with her uncomplicated approach to the hands and feet. Then it’s onto the ever-important head and Melisa explains how understanding the anatomy and complexities of the head is crucial to conveying a message to the viewer. Finally, she brings it all together by sculpting an entire figure from head to toe. This thorough and insightful presentation will help you not only to sculpt convincing human figures, but also to create depth and character within your work.

Runtime: Approximately 4 hours

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Contents:

Introduction
Chapter 1 – Hands
Chapter 2 – Feet
Chapter 3 – Heads
Chapter 4 – Torsos
Chapter 5 – Head To Torso
Chapter 6 – Adding Detail
Chapter 7 – Sculpting Legs
Chapter 8 – Armatures
Conclusion

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Melisa Cadell

Melisa Cadell

Melisa Cadell

Melisa Cadell

Melisa Cadell

Melisa Cadell

About the Artist

Melisa Cadell is a studio artist and educator who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her family. Cadell holds a BFA from the University of North Texas and an MFA from East Tennessee State University. In addition to teaching workshops around the United States, Cadell currently teaches clay and mixed media sculpture at Appalachian State University and East Tennessee State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and featured in publications such as American Style magazine, Ceramics: Art & Perception and 500 Figures in Clay (Lark Books, 2004). For more information, please visit www.melisacadell.com.

Comments
  • Your sculptures are inspiring! Do you place importance on having an even thickness to the hollowed out clay before firing to reduce the chances of explosions in the kiln? I think about places like the nose, wondering if the back of the nose needs to be hollowed out, or fingers on the sculpture you demonstrated in your video. I would love any advice you could give on this subject. Thank you!

  • Dawna M.

    I love this information. I am relatively knew to clay work, though I have been sculpting with air drying mediums for a bit. I have been doing ceramic work at a shared studio and am finally setting up my own studio. I am curious about your clay body. I would love to try it. Thank you for sharing your amazing skills. Dawna

  • Rosa S.

    Exelent how it explains how to make your piece that really says what you want.i will definitely apply these techniques to my work,thank you.
    R. Rerrano, Puerto Rico

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