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Encyclopedia of Sculpture Techniques Paperback – August 1, 2005

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John Mills is one of Britain's foremost sculptors. He trained at the Royal College of Art, and went on to become the artist in residence for sculpture at the University of Michigan. In 1986 he was elected President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. His previous books include The Technique of Sculpture and The Technique of Casting for Sculpture, both published by Batsford. He lives in Hinxworth, Hertfordshire.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713489308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713489309
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Zordano on October 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A revised & updated version of the 1991 edition. This reference work now encompasses new materials such as resin & metal particle castings, synthetic clays, alloys, polymers.

The book serves as an indispensable encyclopedia for sculptors/studio practitioners or enthusiasts/collectors - describing all methods of sculptural creation from the lost wax casting process to contemporary materials and associated techniques and tools.

It covers sculpting techniques (hand-building, carving, forging, casting, moulding, modelling, welding etc) materials, processes, tools, patinas, finishes, glazes, fixings, mountings, how to light sculptural work, and many such creative options. It's well illustrated (photographs and drawings).

Wide-ranging, with real depth and breadth - for example, on materials alone, it includes types of stone, categories of rock formation, plastics, metals, clays, woods, concrete, glass, plaster of Paris, polystyrene, papier mâché, wax, gelatine and so on.

There's a sense of the history of art in many of the explanations and the rich cumulative inheritance of sculptors, sculpture and sculpting.

A major achievement by accomplished sculptor John Mills, who provides an indispensable reference work for any practitioner, art historian or committed collector whether beginner or experienced.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lillian Moss on March 9, 2007
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Clearly describes a wide range of sculptural terms, techniques and materials. Enteries are concise yet are often in-depth providing a clear understanding of complex or obscure subjects in this field of art. For the non-art school sculptor (like myself) or the new art student, it is invaluable reference book. Well-written with a personal and occassionally witty voice, I found it easy to read it from front to back. Pictures and diagrams instructive and relevant although more would be helpful for a few enteries to assist in understanding the subject in question. Well-bound and sturdy book for a paperback. A must-have for a student of sculpture.
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It has a very broad coverage of the subject, but, like all such books, the reader often yearns for more depth and detail. However, there is a lot of info in the book and I'm pleased with it.
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By Amazon Customer on December 26, 2013
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The book is a great reference for out int the shop. This is not a how-to book but it is a gem and gold mine of information. I'm glad that I got it.
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