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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.; New edition edition (30 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823030997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823030996
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book that shows you, via numerous photographs, how a clay sculpture is actually made. The book starts with detailed photographs of different types of sculpture that whet your excitement. It then moves to defining the tools and supplies that are going to used in the rest of the book. The greatest part of the book is the detailed step by step photographic illustration of what happens during each part of building the sculpture. It is really exciting to see how the model is transformed between its various stages. I learned more from this one book than 2 adult- evening sculpture classes(that cost $300+)from the local Art college. This book is worth the investment!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug 1999
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I bought this book (along with several others) while taking a class in sculpture. I found it to be the most informative and inspiring of any source, including my sculpture teacher. Using a series of close-up, detailed photographs, the book walks the student through the steps of creating a clay head. I followed them and made a good (for me) sculpture of a man's head and later a bust of a woman. I went on to make other clay faces, incorporated into mugs and pots. I don't pretend to be a great sculptor but, thanks to this book, I am able to make recognizable sculptures. The excellent directions include how to control surface texture using water and a brush; it is possible to make clay look like skin. If you are struggling to bring clay to life, this book doesn't just tell you how, it shows you how.
Randall Black
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hil on 6 Mar 2004
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I bought this book after reading the good reviews and it is everything and more I expected. An absolutely brilliant book. The photos are truly helpful and inspiring and I can't wait to get back to making my next piece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jude on 3 Oct 2008
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I agree that the artist is inspiring and brilliant and photos are good for modelling techniques. But what the book does not cover are practical things like hollowing out, firing or casting the head. And the armature he uses is very basic and would not hold that weight of clay for long! Not for beginners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lena Wennberg on 17 Mar 2008
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This book is a long joyful ride with photographs of an artwork in progress. The author take you along with one female bust from scratch to a ready bust in clay.
Bit by bit you can follow how he model the clay from a slab into a beautiful woman.

I will try to remake this head. The author gave me several new ideas on how to make a face in clay.
Helpful book for the cheramic artist.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Ward VINE VOICE on 5 July 2006
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Bruno Lucchesi was born near Lucca in Tuscany, Italy, and studied art in Florence in the Renaissance tradition. He came to the USA in 1957 where he gained his reputation as a master sculptor. He teaches packed sculpture classes at The New School, New York.

In the book, Lucchesi neither says nor writes anything, he just models and sculpts. Margit Malmstrom, also a sculptor, has written the text of the book, as well as taking all the photographs, which are entirely and dramatically in black and white.

This delightful book is exclusively about watching Bruno Lucchesi at work, creating one beautiful female head in clay. As Lucchesi silently works he is photographed by Malmstrom, in considerable detail, step by step, who also writes a brief commentary of what is happening. Malmstrom additionally writes a full page, here and there, on supporting subjects, such as a biography of Lucchesi, the tools and materials the artists uses, the process and techniques involved in modelling the head in clay, etc. The book is 160 pages in length, large format, the majority of which, 120 pages, are devoted to the step by step development of one sculpture by Lucchesi, with 2 or 3 photos per page showing the detailed developments of the sculpture's progression. Lucchesi begins by constructing the armature, which surprisingly is fairly flimsy, from an iron rod, brass curtain tube, crumpled newspaper and a paper bag. Clay is slapped on, then the head mass is constructed and, using both hands and tools, the face is first roughed out, the ears shaped and then the face modeled in more detail. The hair is added, then comes work on the shoulders and neck. The eyes are refined, the lips detailed and then more work on refining the face. Eventually, finishing touches are applied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on 19 Mar 2011
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This was my first book on sculpting a head so naturally I was a little nervous as to whether it would give me all the information I needed to allow me to "improve" my existing work. I was very pleased it did. Each artist has their own way of going about things and in this book the whole process of working on the head is covered - a single project within being as shown on the cover. The essential need in setting out the facial features is well recorded as well as all the more subtle attributes which cause the model to take on a more life-like appearance. The whole process is presented in step by step images with short helpful descriptions. In particular those features such as ears and adding realism to the hair was most useful indeed.
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