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PAPERCLAY FOR CERAMIC SCULPTORS Perfect Paperback – 9 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Perfect Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: New Century Art Books; 4 edition (9 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982573618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982573617
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Synopsis

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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By lynsey adams VINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2009
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There isn't much information about paperclay out there for those who want to try it, and I bought this on the strength of the small but interesting looking colour illustrations on the cover, and because I already have the Ceramics Handbook 'Paper Clay' second edition, by the same author.

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?
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The book has some good basic instructions. I found all I needed to get started!
If you never sculpt before you will find all the basic techniques.
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Helpful text book could do with a little more illustration!
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 5 reviews
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Anyone Interested in Working with Paper Clay 3 Feb. 2009
By Seeker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a sculptor or a potter, a beginner or a professional, you will love this book. On a mere 140 pages it comprises a world of knowledge you would not find anywhere else. It answers probably all possible questions about the paper clay, it is packed with all sorts of practical advice, tips and explanations you need to successfully work with this medium. Simple language, many photos and drawings make it easy to read and understand.
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and full of technical help 9 Sept. 2009
By J. H. Pope - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Thoroughly enjoyed reading through this book, and now going much more slowly to really dig in to the technical aspects that the author includes. Can't wait to try some of it out in the studio!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy 15 May 2011
By Mark Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, an adjunct to Gault's book "Paper Clay," aims to provide detailed and useful instructions for building with paper clay. The book does include useful information, but the jumbled structure and poorly edited text makes it difficult and unpleasant to get through. Many times the same topic is covered slightly differently in three or four locations. (The content seems to be a loose compilation of Gault's notes from her classes and workshops.) In addition, typos abound through the text; in fact, almost every page has some editing problem, which makes for confusion and difficult reading.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Clay 12 Sept. 2009
By Casey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent how to book. Extremely well written and informative. For a newcomer to clay, it was the perfect choice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sucked 22 Nov. 2013
By jesse mays - Published on Amazon.com
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not informative just a bunch of pictures no really valid tips.So I'd not buy ti if I could. Small and short
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