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Part Sculpture - Part Function with Jerilyn Virden

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Want to make beautiful functional pots that could also be described as sculpture for the tabletop? In Part Sculpture–Part Function: Handbuilding Graceful Minimalist Forms, Jerilyn Virden shares...(Scroll down for more.)

Clay: A Studio Handbook

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Originally published in 2001, Vince Pitelka’s Clay: A Studio Handbook has been an essential, all-inclusive studio text for students, studio artists, educators and all those interested in the art of clay for years. Now it is back fully updated, expanded, and better than ever with beautiful...(Scroll down for more.)

Sculpture Techniques

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Clay is the most versatile sculpture material around. It’s easy to use, readily available, inexpensive, and perfect for creating works of almost any size or shape. For thousands of years, artists have used clay to stir their imagination and give shape to their ideas.

Narrative Animal Sculpture with Lisa Naples

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Animals have long been used as symbols in storytelling all around the world, and visual artists have been using animal figures in artwork for just as long. In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Presents Video Series, Lisa Naples shares...(Scroll for more.)

The Lisa Naples Collection

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The Best of Both Worlds! Whether you are a potter interested in expanding your repertoire to include sculpture, or vice versa, Lisa Naples’ two videos – Functional Pottery and Narrative Animal Sculpture – are loaded with information and inspiration. When you buy the two together you can save up to $20 off the original list price!

Figure Sculpting in Clay with Melisa Cadell

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Sculpting the human figure can be an intimidating endeavor, but after watching Melisa Cadell’s video Figure Sculpting in Clay, your fears will be dispelled. 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.

The Daryl Baird Extruder Collection

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Get a book and a DVD! This extensive how-to book puts you in touch with all the creative potential of the extruder. With more than 50% new material, this book features new works by artists, up-to-date information on extruders, and sixteen great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their studio. In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Daryl E. Baird draws on his extensive experience working with the clay extruder to demystify this useful piece of studio equipment. A little planning goes a long way, and Baird shares a multitude of tips for creating an efficient workspace and having a high success rate with your extrusions. From installation to making custom dies, Daryl shows how to exploit the efficiency of the extruder and pair it with your own creativity to create exciting ceramic art.

Ceramics and the Human Figure

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The human figure has been represented in clay throughout history and continues to evolve today. Artists are working with the figure in new ways, playing with materials and forms, and making use of new technologies to produce challenging and unconventional work, from the intact whole figure to the fragmented, hybrid and abstract. Divided by broad themes, each chapter features a variety of different expressive works from a range of international ceramic artists. This book explores the role of figurative ceramics through history and in contemporary contexts, and also reveals the methods of six key contemporary artists, using how-to images to illustrate their techniques.

Ceramics in the Environment

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In Ceramics in the Environment, world renowned ceramic artist Janet Mansfield shows how ornamental, architectural and large-scale ceramic works have always appeared on buildings and in the landscape since the beginning of ceramics in civilization. This book looks at the vast array of ceramics being produced today around the world in this context; and divides work up into themes such as Symbolism, Pattern and Geometry, Architecture, Nature and the Human Figure, with a focus on the aesthetics and relevance of work in relation to its location.

From Mud to Music

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Explore the rich culture of ceramic musical instruments and the wide variety of instruments being made today. Barry Hall discusses the history of clay instruments; clay instrument types, including percussive, wind, string and hybrids; technology issues dealing with clay as a medium for instruments; and five step-by-step projects for making selected instruments. In addition to examples throughout, Hall includes a gallery of profiles of contemporary artists and their work along with an audio CD with 43 musical examples of instruments played by their creators.

Masters: Earthenware

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As the world’s oldest clay body, earthenware is anything but outdated. On the contrary, after flipping through the pages of Masters: Earthenware, you’ll see it has never been more cutting edge. Curated by the late Matthias Ostermann and edited by Ray Hemachandra, this beautifully illustrated book reveals the tremendous imagination, innovation, and technical facility that today’s artists bring to this versatile clay body.

Masters: Porcelain

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Pure white and wonderfully delicate, porcelain is a gorgeous and notoriously challenging clay body. In Masters: Porcelain, you’ll see the incredible work of 40 artists who have mastered the material. Curated by Richard Burkett, this collection expands and challenges traditional perceptions of what the medium can—and should—do. The work shown here represents the great diversity in practice—both technical and aesthetic—that porcelain affords the ceramists who mine its tremendous potential.

Sculpting and Handbuilding

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Handbuilding with clay offers a unique opportunity to experiment, requires few tools, and allows your intuition and imagination to come to the fore. In this overview of the most popular of ceramic forming methods, artist Claire Loder explains the time-honored methods of handbuilding, as well as introducing a fascinating array of new approaches of contemporary ceramicists.

Sustainable Ceramics

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More and more, artists are interested in producing work that’s not only beautifully designed and produced, but also environmentally friendly and socially responsible. In Sustainable Ceramics, pioneer Robert Harrison draws on more than forty years of working in clay to present practical possibilities for ceramic artists. This book covers all the factors to consider when going ‘green’, from fuels and alternative firing technology to energy-saving methods, sustainable ways to collect and use clay itself, and ways to deal with waste materials and save water. Harrison suggests simple and achievable methods by which to reduce the carbon footprint of ceramic art, and offers examples throughout of potters and clay artists who reclaim, reuse and recycle in their work. Sustainable Ceramics is an essential resource for any ceramicist, studio or school wishing to reduce the impact of their practice on the environment.

The Extruder Book: 2nd Edition

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This extensive how-to book puts you in touch with all the creative potential of the extruder. With more than 50% new material, this book features new works by artists, up-to-date information on extruders, and sixteen great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their studio.

Studio-Scale Architectural Ceramics with Stephani Stephenson

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If you’ve ever considered making architectural ceramics but weren’t sure where to start, you’re in luck. Noted tile artist Stephani Stephenson presents all the information you need to get started with architectural ceramics in this technique-packed DVD. Whether you want to tile a bathroom, add a fireplace surround, or create a unique garden wall, Stephani’s clear, easy-to-follow instructions will get you well on the way. You’ll learn everything from planning and designing to understanding all the nuances required for making tiles and sculptural features that will make a permanent artistic statement in your home. Original List Price: $69.97

Ceramic Jewelry

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Body adornment is one of the oldest art forms and throughout history, people all over the world have decorated their bodies in one way or another. In its earliest and most primitive forms, clay and earth pigments were smeared or painted on the body to adorn it and to create mystery or theatre during rituals. Beads made from a variety of materials were one of the simplest forms of jewelry, and were also used as currency, to confer status and to ward off bad spirits. (Scroll for more.)

Large Scale Ceramics

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Large scale ceramics demand a number of considerations that do not concern most ceramists: kiln size, assembling, weatherproofing and installation are some of the things that must be taken into account. Large-scale Ceramics discusses these issues as well as giving advice on obtaining and handling commissions.

Low-firing and Burnishing

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Because low-firing is the most basic of all ceramic techniques, it treats all your senses. Using just about the lowest possible technical setting, you submit your work to flames and smoke giving you a sense of what the ancients felt when they used fire to create their primitive works. Both ancient cultures and contemporary potters have used low-firing to great effect, adding slips and burnishing pieces to create finishes not possible with any other firing method. Whether using an old garbage can, a pit in the ground, or a bonfire, low-firing is accessible to anyone with an outdoor space. Low-firing and Burnishing provides step-by-step practical information focusing on various approaches to low firing and methods for creating natural finishes.

Wall Pieces

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Using clay as an artistic treatment for wall space is an increasingly fashionable and innovative solution for decorators, architects and makers. Wall pieces are the perfect solution for those who enjoy sculpture but have no space; they fulfill the same function as a picture while being much more dynamic and three-dimensional. Current wall pieces vary enormously from simple tiled works to huge installations, and this book looks at the huge variety of work being made, as well as all the problems, solutions and diverse approaches to wall pieces. Wall Pieces provides an insight into the work of contemporary makers, exploring how to plan, design, make, mount and safely hang ceramic pieces. It's also illustrated with a wide selection of original and inspiring work by contemporary ceramic artists.

Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques

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Clay is the oldest and most natural medium for sculpture. You can form large pieces one coil at a time, construct pieces with slabs, stack forms into totems, or now even create something digitally and “print” it. In Ceramic Sculpture, clay artists reveal their techniques and their inspiration for creative sculptural works. Some of the work is monumental, some intimate, some site specific, but all of it influenced by clay. With each artist providing some aspect of the sculptural process from conceptualization to forming and finishing to the final installation, you’ll find the range of ideas and techniques informative and inspiring.

Creative Ideas for Clay Artists

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If you’re looking for ideas, here’s the place to start. Anderson Turner searched through more than 10 years of Ceramics Monthly and handpicked some of the most creative artists and techniques he could find. In this Ceramics Monthly Handbook, you’ll discover a wealth of creative ideas expertly portrayed in words and images by more than 20 talented artists.

Movers and Shakers in American Ceramics

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This remarkable collection of Ceramics Monthly articles, all written by Elaine Levin, tells the stories of some of the most notable figures of the ceramic art movement in the U.S. Levin relates the struggles and successes of 26 movers and shakers dedicated to unselfishly pushing ceramic art into uncharted territory so others could enjoy and benefit from their efforts. From Binns, Baggs, Robineau and the Wildenhains, through Voulkos and Soldner, the stories in Movers and Shakers in American Ceramics are sure to educate and inspire.

The Potter’s Professional Handbook

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The perfect resource for individuals wishing to take the next step in their involvement with clay. Written by Steven Branfman, The Potter’s Professional Handbook covers topics ranging from determining what a professional is to equipment selection, setting up shop, marketing your work, and much more. This book provides descriptions of the items necessary for a beginning professional potter and includes visual examples of items including sales slips, purchase orders, invoices, credit slips, and even floor plans of well-known potters’ studios.

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