From the Back Cover
This practical guidebook teaches everything you need to know in order to start sculpting. Step-by-step photographs guide you through each sculpting process from start to finish.
Develop your skills with a range of materials, including clay, plaster, and wood. Progressive projects teach a broad range of skills, from modeling, carving, building armatures, and mold making to firing and finishing techniques.
Once you’ve mastered the core techniques for clay modeling, modling and casting, direct building, and carving, each project will teach you a new skill. You can explore your creativity and build your confidence as you go along.
This book allows the absolute beginner to start sculpting with confidence. In addition to teaching the necessary practical skills, it also instructs the readers to use materials creatively, encouraging their own sense of shape and form. Sculpture includes a wide range of methods, and all of the basic techniques are clearly explained: clay modeling, firing, molding, direct building, and carving. At the beginning of each section there is instruction in the core techniques, and the inspirational projects allow you to explore your creativity and put your new-found skills into practice. The projects explore a wide range of sculptural forms and themes; you can create a traditional figure, a symbolic composition, or an abstract relief based on the landscape.
Packed with full-color photography and instructional diagrams, useful tips, and important health and safety information, Sculpting Basics
has everything you need to know to become a skilled sculptor. It is an invaluable resource for beginners and a handy reference for more experienced sculptors.
About the Author
Karin Hessenberg has exhibited widely in her native England and other countries, and her work is in the collections of several museums. She is the author of previously published books on ceramics and on sawdust firing, and has taught her art at various colleges in Britain. Karin lives and works in the north of England.