Handbuilding with clay offers a unique opportunity to experiment, requiring few tools, and allowing intuition and imagination to come to the fore. In this overview of a fast-developing practice, artist Claire Loder explains time-honoured methods of handbuilding, as well as introducing the fascinating new approaches of contemporary ceramicists.
The basic techniques, from coiling and pinching to working with slabs, are explained with practical instructions and helpful accompanying images. Equipment, clay bodies and studio advice are thoroughly covered. Through the work of today's makers, the book then looks at new methods of building by hand, including mixed media work, sculptural methods, vessels and surface decoration, illuminating a wide variety of forms and styles.
Sculpting and Handbuilding is an essential guide for any ceramic artist or student wishing to learn the basics of handbuilding, or seeking inspiration to integrate and adapt conventional methods.
Claire Loder studied graphic design and illustration at Bath Spa University and completed an MA in Ceramics at the University of Wales Institute. She is a previous winner of the Crafts Council's 'Next Move' award and the Arts Council Grants for the Arts. Her work has been shown at Origin and Ceramic Art London, and is held in the Ceramic Collection of Aberystwyth University and the Crafts Council Handling Collection. She is a member of the Craft Potters Association.
Acknowledgements About the author Introduction 1. Handbuilding techniques 2. Research and inspiration 3. The vessel 4. Surface treatments 5. Sculptural approaches 6. Combining techniques 7. Contemporary approaches Conclusion Gallery