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5.0 out of 5 stars Nooree - a beginner sculptor
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.
Published on 10 Sept. 2005

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sculpture for dummies
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...
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sculpture for dummies, 4 Sept. 2006
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J. Ward (Brecon Wales UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Manual of Sculpture Techniques (Paperback)
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... it is a simple book mainly for beginners, a sort of sculpture for dummies approach that may well inspire a would be sculptor in the very first contact with modern abstract sculpture, but leaves the serious student still hungry for a deeper treatment of the great subject. For that you are benevolently recommended to go elsewhere.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too useful, 28 Mar. 2007
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Eolake "eolake (.com)" (Lancashire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Manual of Sculpture Techniques (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Nooree - a beginner sculptor, 10 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: The Manual of Sculpture Techniques (Paperback)
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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