Ceramic Art, Its Sculptural Possibilities and Limitations: The Studio Experience

Vincent Egwu Ali


Ceramic Art and Sculpture are two sister disciplines that explore clay as a medium for creative visual dialogue. But unlike ceramic art which depends primarily on clay, sculpture exploits in addition other media such as metal of all types, wood, cement and all kinds of found objects which predispose the sculptor to limitless and varied creative possibilities. Some of these possibilities are lacking in ceramic art because of the nature of clay. Over dependent on clay tends to limit the creative potentials of ceramists. Ceramic art is faced with certain creative limitations which arise from the nature of material used, and which affect either positively or negatively the forms produced, firing techniques and methods of production. In other words, these factors which are inevitable control design in ceramic art. And considering the misconception cast on the creative potentials of the ceramist, it has become imperative to identify and document them in a more detailed form in order for people to appreciate the extent of their implications on the practice of ceramic art.

Keywords: Ceramic Art, Sculpture, Creative Possibilities, Creative Limitations

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