Portraits of Clay

Portraits of Clay

Portraits of Clay

Not long ago, pottery was a lost art in Chihuahua, Mexico. But in the 1970s, near the ruins of Casas Grandes, an art revolution was born. Inspired by ancient pottery fragments from a tradition that had disappeared before the arrival of the first Europeans, a self-taught woodcutter-turned-artist reinvented an entire ceramic technology. Today Casas Grandes pottery, made by hand from local clays and mineral colors by a handful of artists, claims high prices and sets the standard for contemporary pottery. Photographer Sandra Smith traveled to Mata Ort’z to photograph the potters and to record their reflections on their work. Her portraits document their techniquesÑcollecting and preparing the clay, forming by hand, sanding, and painting. They also capture intimate moments between artists and their art. For anyone who has ever admired Casas Grandes pottery, Portraits of Clay is a beautiful introduction to the potters and their work.

Artistic Ambivalence in Clay

Artistic Ambivalence in Clay

Artistic Ambivalence in Clay

This book is a collection of glimpses into the lives and works of fifteen prominent women artists in contemporary ceramics. Spanning multiple genres, generations, and geographies, these potters and ceramic sculptors describe nuances, contradictions, and tensions surrounding their artworks, artistic processes, and professional lives. Within this text, artistic ambivalences are questioned and analyzed in terms of myriad gender issues. Featured ceramicists include: Maureen Burns-Bowie, Esta Carnahan, Ellen Day, Cara Gay Driscoll, Dolores Dunning, Heidi Fahrenbacher, DeBorah Goletz, Lynn Goodman, Joan Hardin, Beth Heit, Tsehai Johnson, Kate Malone, Norma Messing, Elspeth Owen, and Mary Trainor. The qualitative research summarized within this book draws influence from feminist methodologies and the visual arts methodology of portraiture. Artists, art historians, and art educators interested in ceramics and gender will find detailed discussion of unexpected persistence of gendered associations within ceramic technology, social binaries of gender identity in symbols and traditions of clay, and subtle sexism surrounding ceramics in education. At the same time, this text celebrates women’s work in ceramics as an often neglected set of perspectives, highlighting the intricate complexities of artistic ambivalences and lived experiences of art within a dynamic dialogue.

Modeling a Likeness in Clay

Modeling a Likeness in Clay

Modeling a Likeness in Clay

Artists have always been fascinated by the special challenge of capturing the character, personality, and likeness of their portrait subjects. For the scupltor, clay is certainly the most sympathetic medium. Daisy Grubbs demonstrates in thorough detail a proven method for fashioning clay into convincing portraits. The book is for the beginning as well as the more experienced sculptor. The newcomer will find every detail he needs to know to model a faithful likeness, while the more knowledgeable artist will discover another artist’s approach sure to enlarge his own vocabulary and working methods.

The Human Clay Portraits

The Human Clay  Portraits

The Human Clay Portraits

A series of six publications to be released over three years, each of which focuses on different aspects of Friedlander's images of people, featuring photographs chosen and sequenced by the artist from his archive.

Sculpting the Figure in Clay

Sculpting the Figure in Clay

Sculpting the Figure in Clay

A comprehensive guide for sculptors looking to recreate the human body using clay, from the author of The Portrait in Clay In Sculpting the Figure in Clay, acclaimed portrait bust sculptor Peter Rubio teaches a master class in the essentials of figurative sculpture. In this intensive, all-inclusive guide, he introduces students to a natural, straightforward geometry that will help them become masters at forming figures of clay. Rubino’s unique approach utilizes a geometric system consisting of blocks, simple shapes, and guidelines that instruct students in a new and instinctive sculptural style, With these easy-to-follow instructions and informative concepts, students will see figures as the basic shapes beneath the form as well as learn vital approaches such as BLT: Bend, Lean, and Turn, to create evocative expression, and the Three Ps: Position, Proportion, and Plans, for accurate representation. Other topics include: • The Fundamentals of the Clay Torso • Observing the Model • Essential Materials and Tools • Sculpting the Female Torso from the Live Model • Sculpting the Reclining Figure from the Live Model • Sculpting the Hand, Foot, and Lower Arm • Plus Many Photographic Reference Poses for Continued Study This unparalleled resource is the definitive guide to figurative sculpture.

The Life Portraits of Henry Clay

The Life Portraits of Henry Clay

The Life Portraits of Henry Clay

This work of research is an attempt to harness the extensive collection of images of one of antebellum Americas eminent statesman. Henry Clay assisted in the legislative passage of the Missouri and California compromises, extending the territorial borders of the emergent western territories in the 1830s to the 1850s. He ran twice with the party nomination for president in 1824 in the National Republican Party and in 1844 in the Whig Party. It is the authors hope that the preeminent names in antebellum American art G. P. A. Healy, Charles Bird King, and George Caleb Bingham, among those to render Henry Clay, will assist students of art and history.

Locomotive Portraits

Locomotive Portraits

Locomotive Portraits

Railway art has existed as long as there have been Railways. Many famous names have included some aspect of railways in their paintings, notably Claude Monet and J M W Turner. This tradition has been kept alive by the formation in the UK of the Guild of Railway Artists, which now consists of over 200 artists, of which Jonathan Clay is one. Over the last few years, Jonathan has had many requests to produce his own book of pictures, and, having relented at last, this is the result.In order to save time for his first ever railway event in 1999, he painted a series of locomotive pictures without backgrounds, intending to add the scenery later. However, they sold so well, that they became the norm, and the series of 'Locomotive Portraits' was born.

The Papers of Henry Clay

The Papers of Henry Clay

The Papers of Henry Clay