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Title: Outdoor Ceramic - Sculpture
Authors: Djakari Ayesu, Emmanuel
Issue Date: 9-Feb-1998
Series/Report no.: 2763;
Abstract: Art is defined as self-expression, a creative process and is also said to be a projection of one’s environment through one of such self-expressive activities. It behoves the researcher to delve into the subject and come out with some unique form of art. As far back as the prehistoric era sculpture has been known to deal with the creation of two or three-dimensional solid forms using clay, stone, bone, wood and other plastic media. The clays were fired for permanence either accidentally or consciously. “Sculpture is not a fixed term that applies to a permanently circumscribed category of objects or sots of activities. It is rather the name of an art that grows and changes and continually extending the range of its activities and evolving new kinds of objects. The scope of the term is much wider in the second half of the 20th Century than it was only two decades ago, and in the present state of the visual arts nobody can predict what its future extensions are likely to be. The pre-20th Century art of sculpture was mainly representational but the 20th century has seen non-functional, non-representational three-dimensional forms of sculpture. Also, traditional materials like stone, wood, metal, ivory, bronze and clay have now got additions too. Present day sculptors are also using any materials that may serve their purposes. But, the fact still remains that sculpture is a branch of visual arts, that is especially concerned with the creation of expressive forms in three-dimension” 1 Pottery, as it appears always attached to ceramics, is the art of creating from clay’ like cups, jugs, vases and pots and subjecting them to biscuit firing between 700°C and 900°C without glazing them”2 “Ceramics, like pottery, also refers to such works from clay given a first firing up to 900° C. it is further given a glaze coating which is fired even up to 1200° C and more. It embraces works like sewerage pipes, insulators and dielectrics most of which require high heat. Often described as a field of high temperature technology.”3 Ceramic Sculpture therefore is the marriage between the two aspects of visual arts with each .showing a reflection of the other in the finished piece of work, mainly in clay. In light of this the Ceramic Sculptor therefore usurps the situation and works within the two areas of art to his advantage. Some cement sculptures including cemetery or tomb sculptures are also found painted realistically with enamel paints. We sometimes cover walls of bathrooms, toilets, kitchen, swimming pools, cenotaph’s church buildings and fountains with glazed tiles to protect, decorate or beautify and give value to the structure in question.
Description: A thesis Submitted to the Department of Painting, Sculpture and Rural Art And Industry in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Award of the Master of Fine Art Degree in Sculpture, 1998
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2760
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