Clayworks in Art Therapy
224 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Jan 2002

Clayworks in Art Therapy

Plying the Sacred Circle

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Clay is universally recognized as a medium of creative expression, and it also has great potential for therapeutic application. These two properties of clay are celebrated together in a book that explores the history, theory and techniques of claywork in eliciting therapeutic outcomes. Vignettes and case material explain and expand the text, which interweaves an appreciation of clay in art with many practical suggestions for its use in therapy.By according equal status to aesthetic outcomes and artistic integrity, the author offers a new and holistic approach to claywork. Practitioners and educators in the fields of therapy and art will find his book to be an essential source of information and ideas.
David Henley is Director of the Art Therapy Program at Long Island University and Clinical Director of a psychiatric group serving children with ADHD and related disorders. During his career as an art therapist and educator he has lectured, taught and written extensively on many aspects of art therapy.
Preface. 1. Devising the claywork experience. 2. Methodology. 3. Clay and its processes. 4. Alternative clays. 5. Ceramic techniques and processes. 6. Techniques in figurative sculpture. 7. Developmental considerations in clayworks. 8. Figurative sculpture case material. 9. Claywork and group therapy. 10. Claywork in the community. 11. The ceramic vessel. 12. The functional form in art therapy. 13. The culminating fire. References. Appendices. Index.
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