PAPERCLAY FOR CERAMIC SCULPTORS Perfect Paperback – 9 Sep 2010
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Find out why sculptors, muralists, tile makers, model makers, potters, hand-builders, teachers, parents and makers world-wide choose to use ceramic earthenware, terracotta, stoneware, or porcelain forms of paperclay. The right balance of recycled paper pulp (cellulose fibre) mixed in clay offers time and cost saving expressive freedom to professional and amateur makers unknown in the past. This book includes technical support for abstract or figure work, armatures, tiles, hand building by coil, pinch, potter's wheel, research directions, recycling papers, mixing art studio batches, casting, outdoors, firing in kilns, or air set options, finishes and glazes, recipes, classroom, and a detailed index. Included are more than 150 photos, illustrations, and charts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I expected an update and addition of techniques with, as the blurb promises, '150 photos, illustrations and charts. I was sadly disappointed.
For a start, if this book is meant to be a 'studio companion', I can't think of any studio where it would last five minutes. One would have expected the book to be ring bound, or at least more sturdy. Instead the cover is very flimsy, the book is small - smaller than the ceramics handbooks, and they are small enough, the paper although nice and white, is thin and uncoated. It would damage very easily.
The '150 photos' etc, are without exception black and white, very small, with a good number of very badly drawn and difficult to understand, again very small line illustrations. The only colour illustrations are on the cover. It looks and reads like a text book, dry and old fashioned apart from the typeface, which is modern.
The text in the final chapter, 'More from my Notebooks', changes from a just about readable sans serif typeface to a smaller - sometimes very small indeed, serif face - no doubt to try and make it look as though it did come 'out of a notebook'. Some parts would necessitate the use of a magnifying glass and the line drawings get even worse.
It is written in a 'question and answer' format, so if your question isn't there - hard luck. We get, 'What is Paper Clay?', 'What is so special about it?Read more ›
If you never sculpt before you will find all the basic techniques.
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It is also very inspiring. Without any philosophying, just by showing various practical possibilities of the paper clay medium it can start your imagination rolling.
This a true studio companion, and an excellent one. Compact and comprehensive, it is just indispensable.