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The Manual of Sculpture Techniques Paperback – 28 Feb 2003


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; New Ed edition (28 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713665807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713665802
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 22.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 741,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Plowman is a sculptor who has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom and Europe. He has taught at a number of art colleges and is currently Lecturer in Sculpture at London's Morley College.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward VINE VOICE on 4 Sept. 2006
John Plowman is a lecturer in sculpture at Morley College, London. The book is a modern square format, glossy paper, numerous smallish but adequate colour photos on every page, with concise blocks of text in jounalistic four columns relating to the photos, taking the reader through 30 various techniques of sculpture in a detailed step by step manner. It begins with mundane photos of materials, equipment, and tools, then how to construct simple small armatures. The techniques described are: assemblage of found objects, making bases for sculptures, brazing using oxy-acetylene equipment, carving aerated concrete blocks, carving plaster, casting with ciment fondu, polyester resin, and artificial colouring of the surfaces of sculptures. More techniques follow: construction sculpture, direct modelling with polystyrene foam and plaster bandage, papier mache, kiln firing hollow clay sculpture, modelling in clay. In each case only the basic information is given, nothing detailed or profound. There is a section on mouldmaking of both a head and a third-size figure via the plaster waste mould method, then flexible hot melt rubber moulds, but nothing on cold RTV rubber alas. He demonstrates how to make a plaster relief sculpture, then briefly touches on stone carving but only with sandstone, before tackling how to repair damaged sculptures. The final section on metals includes riveting, and welding using only oxy-acetylene. The last third of the book, 50 pages, is devoted to "themes": a photo a page plus a short comment in text of a modern, usually abstract sculpture, by a contemporary, usually little known, sculptor which seems to be generally at the level of an evening school art class. That sums up the whole book...Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eolake on 28 Mar. 2007
I bought the book to get an overview of what kinds of sculpture techniques I might want to look into. Even for that, this book is not all that good. And for learning any particular technique, forget it. It simply has very little information.

The book simply tries to cover way too many subjects in too little space. For instance there is a four-page chapter about firing clay in a kiln... that chapter show with pictures how to prepare a specific sculpture for firing... and there it ends. Not a single word on how to actually do the firing!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2005
An excellent book, full of colour photos. Step by step techniques like moulding or carve, explanations of tools and at the end of the book examples/ideas of sculptures using different materials, from clay to mesh.
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