Category: Works of sculpture which have their origin in modelling

Queen of the Night

This exercise brought home to me the huge difference there can be between the object we see displayed in museums and how they may have looked when originally created. In this instance the difference between the museum display and the re-creation of the original, pigmented version is considerable. It is very easy to think that …

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Flight Take Off 2010 – Geoffrey Mann

This was the first time I had seen a solid glass sculpture on this scale. In researching this piece I found out a lot about how it was made and how glass can be fired. I initially wondered why the work had two very flat ends of polished glass, and then I noticed the shape …

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Jar and Cover by Richard Slee

I had not come across Richard Slee’s work before, so it was interesting to study this piece in more detail. It attracted my attention in the museum display case – probably due to its size, shape and colour. But I can’t say that I find it an attractive work, for me it is to “bitty” …

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Penthesilea by Andre Bouraine

As well as learning more about sculpture in an art deco style I also found out what a maquette was. I had not come across the term before so it was good to discover that, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary it is: “usually small preliminary model (as of a sculpture or a building)” Penthesilea by …

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Barbara Hepworth – Forms in Movement (Pavan)

This is a bronze sculpture exhibited at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. From the exercise I learnt more about how such casts of sculptures are made. I also found it very interesting to read more detail of how the sculpture reflects movement in the dance. When I first saw the sculpture I was …

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Canosan Funerary Vase

  I learnt quite a bit from this exercise. Firstly I had not heard of Canosan pottery before and had to research its origin. I learned about the area of Italy that it comes from and the Gallery notes talked of the ancient practice of using the pottery to “furnish the spacious subterranean rock-cut tombs of the …

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