This exciting publication is a much needed addition to the field, featuring fantastic works by key international ceramic artists working within the realm of the human form.
Proceedings of the International Congress on Bioceramics and the Human Body held in Faenza, Italy, 2-5 April 1991, organized by the IRTEC-CNR Institute in collaboration with Agenzia Polo Ceramico.
Looking at how artists from all over the world have modeled the human form in ceramics, The Figure in Fired Clay provides lavish full-color illustrations and examples from prehistoric times to the present, along with the historical, mythological, and methodological background to this fascinating subject. Stunningly beautiful drinking vessels and pottery, some fashioned in the shape of people or animals, some with these figures painted on their exterior, have enhanced the domestic rituals of all cultures, and are brilliantly depicted and examined alongside the experiments of the modern masters-Picasso, Mo Jupp, Eric Mellon, and others.
This book is a celebration of 50 contemporary artists from around the world who have chosen to create the human form in clay. There is a detailed account of each artist's work, including biographical details and precise descriptions of their working methods. In addition, each artist has been asked to name a major source of inspiration?whether another artist or key work, in any medium and from any culture, explaining the reasons for their choice. The resulting depictions?ranging from the Willendorf Venus to a Michelangelo Pietà?combine with stunning photos of the artists' work to make this a book that will inform and inspire. Jane Waller has a Masters in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art; she has been making Millefiori and Raku ceramics for nearly 30 years. Among her previous books are Hand-Built Ceramics and Colour in Clay.
"The present study is a first attempt to throw some light on the development of the human figure in the arts of Islam. It progresses chronologically, basing itself primarily on observation of paintings and sculptures in architectural decoration and minor a"