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Clay, Clay Bodies and Strength: The Example of South-Western Nigeria

Journal: Academic Research International (Vol.5, No. 3)

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Page : 280-291

Keywords : Ceramic sculpture; clay; clay body; clay strength; south-western Nigeria;

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Abstract

Clay, the main studio and industrial ceramic/sculpture material has been scholarly studied in origin, types, physical and chemical values, strength and capacities. Scholars outside Africa approach to the study of clay however, where based on their local origin of clays and experience. Names of clays, locations and origin for different types are often Eurocentric and strange to many African artists who are not familiar with the latter. Yet, their publications remain essential instructional materials for ceramists/sculptors in Africa. This factor underscores the clear scientific understanding and workability of African local clays. As a result of this inhibition, studies on clay generally have been made in this study; with focus on Southwestern Nigeria. The zone is being highlighted here, because of its rich different clay type’s sources and fecundity in ceramic and sculpture art praxes. There types and diverse uses have also been discussed according to their body types and strength. Significantly, the study provides empirical understanding and technical use of the clay material, body preparation and adjustment for ceramists and sculptors who largely use clay for their creative engagement in the zone.

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