How to Sculpt Ceramic

A sculpture is a piece of artwork that exists in 3 dimensions. It can be developed from all points of view by using elements such as glass, textiles, metals, wood, or clay. Clay is mainly used in the formation of ceramic pieces of art. The construction of clay sculptures takes place in nine stages which are well described below.

Sculpture Designing

This is the stage whereby an artist decides how the sculpture is going to be designed in order to make it attractive. The artist makes a decision on what materials to use and whether they will require combination or not. The materials can either be pierced then thrown on a wheel together or they can be molded using coils and slabs.

Sculpture Hollowing

Sculpture hollowing involves the use of ceramic trimming tools to dig out and scrap the ceramic materials. The tools enable the artist to retain the strength of the ceramic wall of the sculpture.

Maintaining Uniformity

Maintenance of the uniformity of the sculpture is highly recommended in order to prevent any cracks or shrinkages. Different thickness of the ceramic material has different rates of shrinking. Therefore if all the walls are roughly uniform, the rate of shrinkage too will be uniform.

Prevention of Drying

The sculpture being constructed is covered using p [lactic sheets and bags in order to reduce the rate at which drying takes place. Sometimes water can be added to the sculpture using sponges of various sizes. Different ceramic materials have different rates of drying for example red clay has a slow drying rate.

Reassembling of Individual Pieces

Individual pieces of the ceramic materials are then reassembled. This requires the use of adhesive materials to score the both ends. Adhesive materials used for example include a solution of dried and reused clay in water.

Rolling Using Hands

The sculpture is rolled using fingers in a specific design. The rolling starts from the center and extends further away from the center. The hands should move away from each other on rolling.

Rolling Using Rolling Pin

This step involves the use of rolling pin to roll out the slabs in order to achieve an even rolling. The ceramic material is aligned between two strips of material with a thickness according to the design requirements. On rolling the strips, the ends of the rolling pin flatten the ceramic material to the required width.

Texture Creation

An even texture is created using methods such as carving, use of imprint tools, branding using various implements or rolling the material on burlap.

Finishing the Piece

The final step in the construction of a ceramic sculpture involves glazing, painting using stains, firing and then painting with acrylics or oils according to the liking of the artist. Enormous sculptures, most often do not fit into kilns and this prompts the construction of the sculpture in smaller pieces which are fitted together after firing. It is recommended that when making a ceramic structure, allowance should be made for the purpose of attachments in the interior and also to prevent the showing of cracks. Ceramic sculptures are subject to breakage.

Famous Clay Sculpture Artists

Claywas the first and only sculpting materials long before the revolution in the realm of the art and science. Now we have many tools and materials to make sculpture from stone and metals. But still today clay sculptures are quite popular among the art-loving people and the artists are still fascinated to work with clay. So we will have a look on the people who are fabulously famous in the kingdom of clay sculptures as a clay sculpture artist.

MICHELANGELO

Michelangelo has the highest fame in the realm of art. He was an Italian painter, architect, sculptor and also designer. He is the masterpiece creator of painting and sculpture that the world has ever seen. His famous art-works are the David, Pieta and the Last Judgment. He is the artist of the Renaissance. He simply used marble for sculpting. But he also used clay to make statue. One notable sculpture among his clay models is the Model of a Nude Torso’.

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GIAN LORENZO BERNINI

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) was one of the greatest artists and sculptor in the world. He was an Italian architect and he was the prominent sculptor at his time. He loved to work with clay and he has a great contribution in the modern clay sculpting system.

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PABLO PICASSO

The famous and classic Spanish sculptor and painter Pablo Picasso first started making sculpture at the age of 22 and he used clay to make sculpture at the beginning of his sculpting. ‘Head of Picador with a Broken Nose’ is the first clay sculpture made by him.

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THOMAS BROWN

Thomas Brown is an English sculptor of this edge. He attempts to focus on the natural beauty and tries to highlight it in his work. Clay is the main material of his creation. In his sculptures he efforts to give a rhythm of the supremacy and liveliness of the breathing world. He is a proud swimmer against the current wave of the world of art.

NATHAN MABRY

Nathan Mabry is a sculptor in this time and he was born in Colorado in 1978. He creates sculptor in a preemptive way by using clay or wood. He participated in several exhibitions.

EDUARDO GOMEZ

Eduardo Gomez is a present-day sculptor who was born in Colombia in 1951. He has created many sculptures. Some of them are- the Soul Dance, El Viejo, Danseu Royal, Faith, and Flamenco Dancer. He also creates sculpture out of clay. Old Hippie is one of the clay sculptures made by him.

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FLOW FITZGERALD

Flow Fitzgerald is a French sculptor and she is 42 years old. She is a modern-day sculptor and makes sculptures with clay and other materials. She is mainly motivated to take nature and human body as the theme of her sculptures. Loanna and Katherine are two famous clay sculptures made by her.

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WAYNE NIEMI

Wayne Niemi is another emerging modern-time sculptor. He is very professional in his work and he is an American sculptor. The main theme of his sculptures is expressing the emotion and facial poses of human being in different situations. The uniqueness of his art is facial expression of one sculpture made by him never matches with the facial expression with another one.

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7 Tips for Organizing Your Living Room

To create a beautiful, friendly environment in your home, you need to give an extra focus on your living room. Your living room expresses your level preference and aristocracy to your family members, friends and guests. So be conscious about organizing your living room. There are 7 tips mentioned below, which may help you to organize your living room more magnificently.

  1. Dividing the room in different portions:
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    First divide your living room and decide on what portion you want to use for what purpose. For example- you may decide that you will use the northern portion of the room to keep the sofa and the TV because of its being adjacent to the door. Thus you may create some specific location for some furniture and accessories in your living room to organize them.
  2. Clean up the mess:
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    Try to clean your living room at least once in a week. Start cleaning with a specific little portion in the room and focus on details. Sweep the dust; clean the spare parts of foods, clothes, papers and other trash. Put everything in the specified place. Do not make a chaos of accessories pointlessly. A clean and hygienic living room will refresh your mind.
  3. Organize the collection of books, DVDs, magazines:
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    Keep the books on the bookshelves in an attractive and artistic way. Decorate the DVD player near to the TV and organize the DVDs according to the categories in the shelves. You can keep the magazines on a tray on the tea-table.
  4. Focus on other accessories:
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    Use artistic looking ash-trays, flower-vases and statues in the living room. Organize the ware and cable in a way that it will not hamper the beauty of the room and will assure the free movement in the room.
  5. Color scheme:
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    Color combination is a very important aspect which greatly influences the appearance of the room. Do not use so odd color which hurts the eyes. Try to choose soft and cool color while you are going to paint your wall. You should use furniture matching with the color of the room. Give a rhythm to the color management.
  6. Lighting aspects:
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    You can use the blending of table-lamps and over-head lighting system in living room. Use gorgeous table-lamp with colored glasses to create a magnificent look. But never try to block the natural light to enter into the room by covering the window with heavy curtains.
  7. Furniture and paintings:
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    Select a comfortable and stylish sofa set to enhance the level of comfort. Be cautious about selecting the color and size of it as it should not be incongruous with the internal design of the room. Add paintings on the wall as black wall gives a feeling of emptiness. Change the order of decoration of the furniture time to time to bring a new look in the room. Remove the unnecessary furniture from the room and add the important ones. Do not make an unnecessary assemblage of furniture in the room.

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Seven Animal Sculptures You Must See

Animal sculptures are a major tourist attraction especially for the animal lovers. These sculptures are found in very many states. The list below is of the most famous animal statues.

The Wild Horse Monument

The Wild Horse Monument

The wild horse monument was designed by David Govedares in 1989. This piece of art was dramatically a representation of an image of horses which seemed to be galloping over the Columbia River. Thousands of tourist pass through the view point to get that amazing sight of a herd of wild horses running on top of a plateau. The sculpture, such as many other animal sculptures, is meant to honor the wild horse heritage in the Native American culture.

The Wall Street Bull

The Wall Street Bull

The bull sculpture is made of bronze and is located in the New York City. The statue was designed by an Italian American sculptor referred to as Arturo Di Monica. The sculpture was intended to be a gift to the city from the artists. According to the legendary stories about this statue, rubbing its nose and horns is thought to bring about good luck

Balto, the Husky

This statue of a dog was built in appreciation of the bravery shown by an Alaskan sled dog in helping save the lives of many children, at a time when the deadly diphtheria had become an epidemic. The nearest town where one could get medicine was about 700 miles away, but the sled dog teams braved the blizzards and very low temperatures in order to take the children to the hospital. Balto was the name of the team head whose group made it to complete the long journey. Its ears and eyes have been rubbed so much that they turned shiny.

Tigers of Princeton

Tigers of Princeton

These tigers are a mascot of Princeton University in New Jersey. The two most famous tiger sculptures are the Nassau Hall tigers which are made of bronze. They were constructed in the year 1911 headed by the sculptor, A.P Proctor.

The Secretariat

The secretariat sculpture was constructed as an immortalized representation of the most famous racehorses in the world. The secretariat horse has been crowned thrice on winning with the most incredible one being the win at Belmonte stakes, a 30 length win. The sculpture is placed in kenturkey Horse Park.

Stone Mountain Horses

Stone Mountain Horses

The sculpture contains a bas relief on its northern face and is rated as the largest in the world. These horses are carved on the graphite rock of Stone Mountain which if located in Georgia. It has an elevation of 514m above the area surrounding it.

Old Sheep

This is another phenomenal piece of art found in, fort Benton Montana. This sculpture was erected to commemorate the loyalty of a sheep to its master. The owner of the sheep is believed to have taken ill in 1936. The sheep followed him to the hospital and waited for him at the hospital doors. The owner died, but the sheep followed his casket the train. This sheep spent about five years and a half always waiting for his master to return at the station. The sculpture was constructed in 1994.