Useful adresses in Paris
In Paris some specialized or non-specialized shops of fine arts propose materials and useful tools for the modelling. I mention them according to what seems to me to be an order of relevance regarding to the work of the clay
Specialist of the pottery, the ceramic, the stoneware, the porcelain, the glass, all the decoration on porcelain, the decoration on and under enamel small fire and big fire, fusing thermoforming, as well as all the equipment for the amateur and professional ceramist.
31 rue Gay Lussac - Zone Industrielle - 94430 Chennevieres sur Marne
One of the major addresses for materials, diverse ceramic and modelling tools and products. A very vast choice of quality products.
Also note that they make regularly high and low-temperature cookings.
And, not insignificant advantage, the welcome is nice, helpful and very professional, then do not hesitate to ask for advice!
Products and tools for the amateur and professional of ceramic and glass
51, Rue Presles - 93300 Aubervilliers
One of the major addresses for materials, tools and diverse products for ceramic and modelling.
Specialized store in the supply of top-quality products for the cabinet makers, the joiners, the agenceurs, the gilders in the gold leaf, the decorators, the stringed-instrument makers, the painters.
58 Rue Traversière- 75012 Paris
A very beautiful store of pigments of any kinds, cheaper than in the art stores.
An obligatory visit for your patinas!
Supplies for the fine arts, the art professions and the framing.
40, avenue du Général De Gaulle - 94500 Champigny
46, rue du Chemin Vert - 75011 Paris
You will find some tools and some supplies in these stores, the main advantage being their presence on Paris or in its neighborhood which can be helpful if necessary.
Note that the Champigny store is much bigger and well funished than the one in Paris.
Le Géant des Beaux Arts
Sale of material and supplies for the Fine arts. Painting, calligraphy, sculpture and other creative leisure activities.
15 Rue Vergniaud - 75013 Paris
166 Rue de la Roquette - 75011 Paris
You will find some tools and some supplies in these stores, the main advantage being their presence on Paris which can be helpful if necessary.
Rougier et Plé
Store for creative leisure activities, schools supplies and fine arts.
13-15, boulevard des Filles du Calvaire – 75003 Paris
Very limited (and expensive!) shelf for sculpture (in the basement of the store) but useful as a solution for emergencies.
Distributes and sells to the individuals as to the professionals all sorts of metals, plastics and equipment.
9, Rue de Poitou – 75003 Paris
66, Rue de Turenne – 75003 Paris
34, Rue Maurice Gunsbourg – 94200 Ivry sur Seine
The main address for stalks, tubes, plates, etc. for the soclage, wether in metal or in Plexiglas.
A bit expensive but a very wide choice and in the center of Paris! The Ivry shop is much bigger and easier to reach by car.
To note also that for all the standard supplies you will probably find what you are looking for in the traditional DIY stores (BHV, Leroy Merlin or Castorama).
On-line stores and direct selling
Materials creative leisure, ceramic, enamels, earthenwares, clay, pottery, porcelain, visual art.
Sculpture : Méthode et vocabulaire
Collection Principes d'analyse scientifique
Editions du Patrimoine
A reference book of about 800 pages on the techniques of sculpture, about modelling, molding or size. Without forgetting a very complete lexicon at the end of the book about the technical terms of sculpture. Essential!
La Sculpture - Toutes Les Techniques
Dessain et Tolra
A work of very complete on the techniques of sculpture, about modelling, molding or size.
La sculpture en terre
Dessain et Tolra
A very complete book centered on the techniques of the sculpture in clay, modelling, molding, armatures, decorations, etc.
The Workshop Guide to Ceramics
A Fully Illustrated Step-by-Step Manual: Techniques and Principles of Design
Duncan Hooson and Anthony Quinn
Barron's Educational Series
A very complete book about ceramic techniques and how-to, this book is a reference for students as well as experts. It describes materials, processes, tools, forming techniques, surface decoration, firing, glazes, and design of ceramic objects of all kinds.
Le Manuel du potier : L'Ouvrage de référence pour tous les potiers
A reference book for all the techniques of turning, ceramic and decorations.
The Big Book of Ceramics
An exhaustive introduction to ceramics, all the materials, equipment, and techniques of the craft are presented clearly and accessibly, accompanied by hundreds of color photographs and schematic drawings.
Une femme, Camille Claudel
The biography which revealed Camille Claudel's extraordinary life, very beautiful book which rehabilitates a sculptor with a tragic life and a work of a rare power and a visionary originality.
Sculpture matières techniques
Website dedicated to the sculpture under all its forms, an inexhaustible source of advice and discussions around the sculpture. All the materials, all the techniques and all the trends are approached.
Anatomy 4 sculptors
Site dedicated to the anatomy for the sculptors proposing free informations, maybe a little basic, but useful and various, it would be a pity to go without it!
You will find boards on the various parts of human the body, as well as videos, 3D animations and photos of models.
Thanks to Dominique Rivaux who accompanied my first steps in the modelling and passed on to me her love for the volumes and the material.
Thanks to Eugène N'Sonde who passed on to me the techniques of the modelling and the ceramic with patience and passion.