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peter beard: wax resist on ceramic forms

Peter Beard works with a variety of materials including metal and stone, but the shapes and glazes he uses to create ceramic sculptures are what really compelled me to learn more about the artist and his process.

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Beard limits the number of forms he works with, focusing much of his attention instead on patterns and layers of color. He uses wax reliefs to create texture, masking parts of the surface over and over to build layers of pattern.

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“My ceramic work usually uses techniques of layering glaze and painting patterns with wax between the layers of glaze, the wax acting as a resist for the next layer. This is a long and meticulous process which creates complex patterns and textures within the glazes which are then fired to stoneware temperatures.”

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Peter Beard’s website

For more information about his process and to see pictures of the artist at work, read this article on Homes and Antiques.

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