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500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form

500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form

Manufacturer: Lark Books
Axner Number: A996955
Weight: 2 lbs., 9.28000 oz.

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edited by Veronika Alice Gunter

Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Lark Books (2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1-57990-547-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-57990-547-7
Dimensions: 8.0" x 8.0" x 1.1"
Shipping Weight: 2.58 lbs.

This extraordinary photographic collection features 500 contemporary figurative pieces from today's most accomplished ceramists. The diverse and captivating work displayed here decisively demonstrates why no artistic subject is as intriguing or as powerful as the human figure.

For as long as there has been art, the human form has been its centerpiece. And for nearly as long, ceramics have been among the most powerful mediums through which artists have expressed their creativity. Nowhere will you find such strong evidence of this than in 500 Figures in Clay. It presents some of the best figurative studies created by more than 250 contemporary ceramists from around the world.

These remarkable designs, selected from thousands, span a multitude of artistic styles, from realistic to abstract, representational to surreal, and starkly minimalist to flamboyantly narrative. The figures—grouped into such categories as Body Details, Couples & Multiples, Caricature, and Heads & Busts—are shown in striking color photographs. Many of the images are accompanied by the artist's commentary on why and how the piece was created.

From the graceful whimsy of Richard Swanson's "Tango Teapot," which is made with slip-cast high-iron clay, to Tip Toland's striking porcelain study "River of Patience," each work reveals a particular viewpoint, be it social, political, or personal. An outstanding expression of the human form is wonderfully conveyed in clay by Karen Louise Fletcher, who says of her contribution "Fragment II," "The figure is deployed as an expressive vehicle to explore the dilemma of spirit incarnate." This compilation captures that spirit in all its power and passion.

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