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Sculpture, 7.5 W x 17.3 H x 9.4 in
$2,875
Sculpture, 9.1 W x 14.6 H x 4.5 in
Slovenia
$1,790
Prints from $100
Sculpture, 7 W x 8.5 H x 7 in
United States
$2,120
Prints from $100
Sculpture, 8.7 W x 5.1 H x 5.9 in
$1,045
Sculpture, 8 W x 8 H x 2.5 in
United States
$1,180
Prints from $40
Sculpture, 13.7 W x 25.5 H x 5.9 in
$6,800
Sculpture, 18 W x 18 H x 3 in
United States
$4,470
Prints from $40
Sculpture, 6.3 W x 7.9 H x 3.9 in
$945
Sculpture, 6 W x 8 H x 4 in
United States
$590
Sculpture, 7.9 W x 10.6 H x 3.9 in
Sculpture, 6 W x 12 H x 2 in
United States
$480
Prints from $40
Sculpture, 6.7 W x 8.7 H x 2 in
$235
Sculpture, 2.4 W x 2.8 H x 2.8 in
United Kingdom
$2,260
Sculpture, 16 W x 13.5 H x 1.5 in
United States
$2,570
Prints from $20
Sculpture, 8 W x 13 H x 9 in
$2,750
Sculpture, 14.2 W x 5.9 H x 11.8 in
$1,790
Prints from $99
Sculpture, 5.5 W x 5.9 H x 5.5 in
$1,175
Sculpture, 4.7 W x 7.1 H x 0.8 in
United Kingdom
$660
Sculpture, 4.7 W x 9.1 H x 4.7 in
Sculpture, 27.5 W x 39.3 H x 3 in
$3,848
Sculpture, 12 W x 19 H x 8 in
United States
$1,270
Sculpture, 5.9 W x 7.9 H x 6.7 in
Netherlands
$2,750
Sculpture, 3.9 W x 7.5 H x 6.3 in
Australia
$4,550
Prints from $83
Sculpture, 21 W x 74 H x 21 in
United States
$14,750
Sculpture, 60.2 W x 39.4 H x 1.6 in
$11,000
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Introduction

Since clay, in its most basic form, is composed of nothing but fine earth and water, clay sculptures are ubiquitous to all continents of the world. This ancient art form remains popular today, and artists can now choose between oil-based or water-based modeling clay, depending on their desired results. If you admire the artistry of clay sculpture and would like to invest in an original work created by a promising emerging artist, we invite you to explore Saatchi Art’s wonderful selection of clay sculptures for sale. You’ll find modern clay sculptures, as well as classically-inspired works--all carrying Saatchi Art’s 100% guarantee of satisfaction. Browse today!

History of Clay Sculpture

Because clay is a widely abundant material, civilizations around the world have created clay sculptures since ancient times. Societies from places as diverse as Africa, Mesoamerica, Mesopotamia, and China are all known for their terracotta pottery, bricks, and ritual sculptures. In Classical antiquity, rulers commissioned clay sculptures of people important in political and religious circles. During the Renaissance, artists like Luca della Robbia and Michelangelo helped popularize the medium. Clay was often used as a cheaper and more versatile alternative to materials like bronze and marble. As interest in this art form grew, European art academies required their artists to master clay sculpture. Porcelain, a clay-based ceramic material, originated in China, where craftspeople made intricate vessels. The Chinese sent porcelain to Europe in the 16th century, leading to various experimentations with the new material. Artists continued to experiment with clay, and today, there are more variations in the available materials.

Clay Sculpture Techniques

Artists can choose between water-based and oil-based materials depending on what kind of clay sculptures they wish to produce. Water-based ceramic clay is fired at high temperatures to create hard terracotta, earthenware, porcelain, and stoneware works. After firing, these wares and sculptures can be painted or gilded with different metals to mimic other sculptural mediums. Oil-based clay, on the other hand, cannot be fired. Because oil does not evaporate, this clay remains malleable even after long periods of time. Artists who work with oil-based clay usually do so because they need to constantly move their sculptures, as with animation artists.

Artists Known For Clay Sculpture

Renaissance clay sculptors include Michelangelo, Donatello, and Luca della Robbia. Baroque masters of the medium include Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Alessandro Algardi, known for his portrait busts. French sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse is most known for his terracotta work “The Abduction of Hippodamia” (1877). Famous modern clay sculptures include “Leda” (1900) by Aristide Maillol and “Camille Claudel with a Bonnet” by Auguste Rodin. Both sculptors worked with terracotta and often made clay models before creating a cast in bronze. David Mach is known for inserting colorful matchsticks into his clay head sculptures of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and Elvis Presley.