Monday, May 18th, 2009 | Author:

Sculptures are made of several elements. Metallic and stone sculptures are the famous ones. But apart from that glass and ceramic sculptures have their own class. Talking about glass sculptures, it is available in huge number of varieties. The famous types of glass sculptures are, colorless, clear or colored. The last one is made by using metallic oxides. To make glass softer and sparkling, lead oxide is added to it so that cutting the glass becomes easy. Once the process id one, it is also known as crustal. The advantage with glass is that it can be beautifully decorated in hard state as well as molten.

Ceramic sculptures have registered a newly found popularity in last some time. Ceramic is wide term that covers types like porcelain, earthenware, fired clay, stoneware and terracotta to name a few. It is decorated in different way. Ceramic sculptures can be gilded, glazed, painted, glazed or enameled as per the choice and preference. These beautiful glass and ceramic sculptures make for a wonderful addition to art work collections.

But like every other art work, they are also prone to damage and loss. However, they are considered as more reliable and stable compared to other art works. The reason being, these sculptures are better equipped at handling environmental changes. Unlike paintings that are based on canvas and paper, glass and ceramic sculptures are made up of more stable materials. However, one thing needs to be noticed and that is about cracks. Many sculptures have these unstable glazes that result in cracks in the surface. They can easily break down because of usage of brittle and sensitive material.

Suggestions for glass and ceramic sculptures include, less handling of the art works and using latex gloves while moving the objects. Try to avoid bare hands and cotton gloves because they can cause damage. Whenever you intend to transport them, use heavily padded containers because of the sensitive nature of sculptures. Cleaning must be performed with a soft brush. These little minor details will go a long way in prolonging the life of sculptures.  

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