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1. Surface Design for Ceramics (A
2. Handbuilt Ceramics: Pinching *
3. Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed:
4. Ceramic Design Course: Principles,
5. Pottery on the Wheel
6. Alternative Kilns & Firing
7. Pottery Basics: Everything You
8. Mastering Raku: Making Ware *
9. Wheel-Thrown Ceramics: Altering,
10. Inside Japanese Ceramics: Primer
11. The Potter's Studio Clay and Glaze
12. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic
13. Techniques of the World's Great
14. Creative Pottery: A Step-By-Step
15. Image Transfer on Clay: Screen,
16. Collector's Encyclopedia of Weller
17. Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel
18. Pottery Form (Dover Craft Books)
19. Ceramics for Beginners: Hand Building
20. Painting Ceramics: 30 Step-by-Step

1. Surface Design for Ceramics (A Lark Ceramics Book)
by Maureen Mills
Hardcover: 144 Pages (2008-07-01)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$16.23
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Asin: 1579908446
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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For ceramists of any level, surface design is an essential skill for creating beautiful work. And this comprehensive and invaluable studio reference captures all the popular techniques available for embellishing clay. A wealth of practical information and detailed images lead you through every phase of the process—from the wet and leather-hard stages (faceting, carving, burnishing) through bisque ware (terra sigillata and slip work), to firing (glazing methods) and post-firing (decals, lusters, and raku). Because the procedures shown all require the same basic skill level, readers can dip in at any point. Time-tested recipes are offered in abundance, photos of fired demonstration pieces show the final effect, and top-quality contemporary gallery pictures display the fabulous results.  Sidebars throughout offer options for further exploration.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Surface Design for Ceramics (A Lark Ceramics Book)
Great Book. Gives a good over view of the types of surface treatments that can be done. Good starting point for developing texture as a part of designing ceramics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovin' it
I am pleased and inspired by this book. I am encouraged to stretch myself in my own work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
I found this book full of great ideas and techniques.I have been a "potter" for 12 years, and sometimes find myself in creative ruts.This book came to me at a time I really needed to explore some new ideas.There is nothing "new" in pottery.But there are new ways to present techniques and I think Maureen did this very well.She works in slip-trailing like no one else I've seen.I was really excited by her latex resist techniques as well.Since receiving this book as a gift, I have tried several of the decorating techniques.I've been energized to try new things, and share them with my students as well.
This book is a great addition to most potter's libraries, something I look forward to browsing for many years to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, useful book!

If you're looking for techniques to try as you work in clay,the recently published Surface Design for Ceramics may be just your cup of tea.

No how-to book showing how to execute someone else's ideas, New Hampshire Institute of Art Ceramics chair Maureen Millls' book exxposes the reader, with helpful detail, to a wide range of decorative processes. Close-up photographs show her hands at work demonstrating at every stage of making, from freshly-thrown clay, through biscuit to post-firing. Her finished pieces are fine illustrations of process. The layout of pages is balance and attractive. While the tools employed are simple, possibilities for their use are many, as are the examples of pots and details of pots showing how the effects are achieved. I found myself drawn in, wanting to know which tools and techniques were used, and in what sequence. There is plenty of explanation.

Mills' own pieces are augmented by photos of other artists' work, both contemporary and from historic periods. Inclusion of pieces by potters in New England, both well and lesser-known, is refreshing, as it reveals her interest in and personal connection to other people's work and style. It's a delight to see so many New Hampshire potters represented!

After the (too short!) chapter on design, dividing the book into clay stages is useful, as it avoids the confusion of figuring out at what stage which technique is appropriate. You can jump right in, and imagination is stimulated, not to copy, but to move through and past, to one's own expression. Options for firing and post-firing finishing are thought-provoking, as one sees the results and can identify the methods of firing. Truly, we are being taught to make our own choices, and the possibilities are endless.

Maureen Mills' considerable experience as a teacher informs the book. She and her husband, Steve Zoldak, are remarkable as educators. Helpful hints abound, clear and concise, never with the pedantic verbosity that has often made me turn the page to escape an author's self-centered intrusion on process.

There is something in this book for most potters, and discreet but crucial suggestions are what intrigue me the most, such as: "It's best to take time to visualize the finished piece before you get started."

5-0 out of 5 stars informative & inspiring
easy to follow instructions for the techniques covered along with great pics. whether you are a new or seasoned clay addict it is a nice addition to your library. ... Read more

2. Handbuilt Ceramics: Pinching * Coiling * Extruding * Molding * Slip Casting * Slab Work( A Lark Ceramics Book)
by Kathy Triplett
Paperback: 160 Pages (2000-06-30)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$12.25
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Asin: 1579901840
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Written for the general reader with an interest in ceramics, Handbuilt Ceramics is a big, colorful, and complete how-to manual for shaping clay without a potter’s wheel. Features 8 projects, complete with materials lists, clear step-by-step instructions, and detailed “how-to” color photos.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Pottery101
I am a new student/devotee to pottery. This book explained clearly the techniques& the terms I need to know. The photographs of pieces by great artists are inspiring & just plain beautiful. I really like the challenge presented in the projects, even if I didn't like al the designs. Each project helps to gain"hands -On"learning & application of skills.A really great ( & by the way instructor- approved) book . It'll be referred back to often.Handbuilt Ceramics: Pinching * Coiling * Extruding * Molding * Slip Casting * Slab Work( A Lark Ceramics Book)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great pottery handbuilding book
I really enjoyed this book.It had a lot of great ideas for clay handbuilt projects. It also gave details on how to build the sculptures and how clay is found and harvested. It's a great book for anyone who enjoys working with clay.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift Item for the handbuilder in your life.
I bought this as a gift for my 73 year old aunt who just recently began doing pottery and she absolutely loved it! I think its a great gift item for the potter in your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review of Handbuilt Ceramics
Great book with easy to follow instructions and ideas for creating a variety of pieces. The author also shares intersting pieces by other artists with lovely photographs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seasoned Potter
I am a 8-year potter yet found this book very very interesting...it is well worth the investment. ... Read more

3. Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed: The secrets of handbuilding shown in unique cutaway photography
by Jacqui Atkin
Paperback: 160 Pages (2004-02-01)
list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$14.99
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Asin: 0764126660
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Here are directions for many creative, fun-to-do pottery projects potters can follow to produce handsome finished objects without need of a potter's wheel. The author instructs in coil, slab, mold, and pinch techniques to produce pots, bowls, vases, tiles, and other decorative pieces. She also advises on acquiring basic tools, mixing and preparing clay, and using coloring agents. Newcomers to pottery crafting will especially appreciate her tips for making projects easier to accomplish, such as use of a hairdryer at regular intervals for drying out too-wet clay, and easy methods for keeping clay soft and pliable. Step-by-step color photos with detailed captions guide handcrafters through each project from start to finish. Many photos are of the cutaway type to show correct hand positions for controlling the clay, both inside and outside the form. Here's the book that takes the mystery out of handbuilding in clay, demonstrating each step in the pottery-making process. More than 400 color photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of pictures but have yet to use it
I bought this for my mom. She already paints and had mentioned wanting to start pottery. I bought this book for her because it was an easy with a lot of pictures. Also step-by-step instructions with pictures made it even easier to self-teach/learn.

It even tells you how to dig your own clay out of the ground.

My mom has yet to start pottery and use this book, so this is only a half-review i guess.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent pottery book
This book is inspirational and very instructive. The photographic frames make the understanding of how each piece is built very helpful. For anyone just getting into pottery or instructing pottery.....it is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars No wheel, no kiln?No problem!
If you're a frustrated potter, with no wheel, no kiln, no tools and no room...lift yourself out of your depression.All you need is a few pounds of polymer air-drying clay, a sink, and a table.Anything else you might need (a rolling pin to flatten the clay) you will probably find around the house.But before all that, you need to get this book!It is the clearest exposition of any artistic process I have ever read, and loaded with tons of crystal clear photographs.You will learn how to make pots, (large and small) bowls, garden sclpture, baskets, boxes with lids and much more.You also get all the decorating techniques as well.

Although the book was produced in England and deals with firing clay, the same procedures can be used with polymer air-drying clay.Polymer clay comes in several colors and can be fired as well (check the label).So, what are you waiting for?Now is the time to fulfill your lifelong dream.You too will be able to say:I can do that!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the Intermediate-Level Potter
This book includes many photos of the hand-building process and examples of finished products. It's really nice to look at and inspires me to add new techniques to my hand-built pieces.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for the hands
I teach alt ed. kids and this has been a great books for ideas and techniques.The pictures are outstanding.My students that are into ceramics love this book for ideas. :-) ... Read more

4. Ceramic Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: A Complete Course for Ceramicists
by Anthony Quinn
Paperback: 144 Pages (2007-10-01)
list price: US$21.99 -- used & new: US$11.92
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Asin: 0764137336
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Ceramic craftsmen intent on making pottery for everyday use, as well as dedicated artisans concentrating on fine-art objects will find inspiration and practical instruction in this handsome volume. Step-by-step tutorials take readers through each stage of the ceramic-making process with--

  • A clearly illustrated summary of essential potter's tools
  • Instruction on developing design concepts and making prototypes and technical drawings
  • Making models from drawings
  • Making sample pieces to test glazes, colors, and surfaces
  • Final design, creation of finished pieces, and development of a portfolio for presentation to buyers

    Featuring practical exercises for each stage in pottery design and construction, this beautifully illustrated book is mainly intended for students planning to develop a career as professional ceramic designers--but ambitious amateur do-it-yourselfers will also find plenty of inspiration and solid instruction. The author, a noted ceramicist, covers all forms of ceramic design, both practical and sculptural. The text is complemented with more than 400 instructive and inspiring color photos. ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars finally!! exactly what I have been looking for!!!!
    I actually was not looking for this book, but instead stumbled upon it, because I had given up on thinking that such a book existed: a book that combined both contemporary design principles and technical skills for contemporary ceramics.

    As a university teacher I have been surprised at the number of technical books available for ceramics (that remain mainly unchanged over the years) and yet literally no books that address design, while the contemporary world of ceramic design is exploding right now. I love this book and am now going to require it now for beginning ceramics students. Excellent material on brainstorming and sketching too. Oh, and really gorgeous photos and illustrations.

    Thank you!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Same Old
    Same old Ceramic book. they all are a bit disappointing it's never as good as a class.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Design for Potters
    This book is a real eye opener for those working in clay.It provides information about design that any potter should know as they learn to throw or do handbuilding.Many aspects about useful objects are outlined with methods of doing thoughtful designs.It is unlike any books providing instructions in the techniques of assembling objects of clay.And, for that reason belongs on a lot of potter's book shelves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ceramic Design Course
    Great book on design concepts and relating them to ceramics. Really helped my creative thinking process.

    3-0 out of 5 stars An interesting book for getting general ideas about ceramic design, but lacks strong discussion about design principles
    An interesting book for getting general ideas about ceramic design, but lacks strong discussion about design principles.It covers a fair range of what you can do with clay, but I think the discussion is superficial.I expected much more. ... Read more

  • 5. Pottery on the Wheel
    by Elsbeth S. Woody
    Paperback: 216 Pages (2008-04-01)
    list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$18.47
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    Asin: 1581155026
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A classic guide to using the pottery wheel--back in print at last!

    * Step-by-steps plus 270 close-up photographs

    * Not only how to do each technique, but why it works

    * Great for potters at every level, from beginner to advanced

    Take the mystery out of throwing clay! Now beginning and advanced potters can learn throwing techniques to create perfectly symmetrical basic forms. This classic book, out of print for many years, is frequently cited as the definitive book on using the wheel. This exciting new edition shows why it has remained a favorite. Step-by-step instructions plus more than 270 black-and-white photographs clearly illustrate how to throw cylindrical and open shapes as well as explaining advanced throwing for teapots, pitchers, and more. With techniques and tools from basic to esoteric, plus appendices on clays, glazes, kilns, and firing, and a glossary of terms, Pottery on the Wheel is the essential guide for any potter with a desire to learn and to develop a signature style.
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    Customer Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Changed my life!
    I was given this book by my son, and it has literally changed my life as a potter!I was an intermediate student, who sometimes threw beautiful pots and sometimes not. Who sometimes could center clay beautifully and then sometimes fought clay off the wheel.I had a love of throwing but little control over the actual process, and was becoming frustrated with not having consistent experiences each day.After reading the first few chapters of this book, that all IMMEDIATELY changed.Really!I center easily now. I raise the sides evenly now.My bottoms aren't too thick along the sides... ever.My rim's don't go out of whack.And that all happened the day after I read the first couple of chapters!I am now going back and re-reading in detail. One of the best parts of this book, is the great detail (and photos) of hand positions and her discussion of pressure points, and exactly where you should be touching the clay.Now when I sit down at the wheel - 9 out of 10 pieces are almost perfect... every time.It is so cool. My fellow students call it the "miracle book".I do too!

    4-0 out of 5 stars excellent service, good condition
    I purchased this book for the excellent graphic illustration and description on throwing clay pots on the potter's wheel.We'd been introduced at my public library. Would have waited weeks to "get what I wanted!"

    It came promptly in a sturdy box, which sat on my porch in the rain for the day, but the book inside was packaged well and remained dry!The cover has some sun damage and a small piece of tape on a tear, but no matter; text and illustrations are fine.I'm very happy to own a copy of this book! Thank you for being there Amazon.I'll visit again soon.Excellent service, good condition. Satisfied customer!

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT OVERALL
    The book was so-so, but the service was outstanding.....it arrived right on time & in excellent condition.Was in better shape than I expected. Thanks!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clarity in writing used to elucidate basic concepts
    I sometimes wonder how the beautiful conversational style used in this book came about.

    Woody has built creativity into its simple, yet very effective composition, design and production.

    I imagine whether Elsbeth S. Woody was just stating her instructions as she threw on her own wheel before the photographer who took all the photographs. The photographs of pottery cross sections provide a great touch in the teaching technique used in this book.

    I'm a beginner and having read and applied (albeit partially and to the best of my abilities) only the first couple of chapters so far, I look forward to owning a copy as a lasting reference, and a great read.(My current copy is from the library.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pottery Book
    This book was a Christmas gift to my daughter and son-in-law, since both of them recently started taking pottery classes.She really liked the details shown in this book.It shows step-by-step directions and pictures.The photos showing how the hands are placed inside the item are a big plus.It made a great gift to them. ... Read more

    6. Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques: Raku * Saggar * Pit * Barrel (A Lark Ceramics Book)
    by James C. Watkins, Paul Andrew Wandless
    Paperback: 128 Pages (2006-09-28)
    list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$7.76
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    Asin: 1579909523
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Ceramicists searching for new ways to fire their creations now have a wealth of options. Authors James Watkins and Paul Wandless, along with a group of distinguished artisans, demonstrate in detail how to build low-cost, low-tech, yet high-quality kilns. The plans range from an easy, affordable, and versatile Raku Kiln to a unique wood-fueled Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel one. These clever devices make it possible to produce rich surface effects from alternative reduction firing techniques. In addition to showing the basic procedures for using each kiln, easy-to-follow directions for many fast-fire methods unfold in color photographs: You’ll see how to achieve terra sigillata surfaces with direct chemical application, and how to do traditional crackle-glaze raku and smoke finishes.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best How-to book!
    This is my favorite book of all my ceramic books and I have more than a few!If you don't want to spend the money for a high fire gas or propane kiln (and who does in this economy!) then this book will guide your exploration into different ways of finishing your clay creations.I tried the barrel firing (without the terra sigillata, just burnishing) by Linda Keleigh and was able to sell the resulting products. This is a good hands on book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques
    Well written with explicit instructions and photos explaining each technique. Inspiring to try new techniques!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pottery
    Very informative book. There are so many ways to fire pottery that I didn't even conceive of. Excellent material for anyone who enjoys making things with clay!

    3-0 out of 5 stars raku kiln
    Has some real nice photos, a few good Raku ideas that make the book worth wile.
    Gives the average person a very good overview in bare bones terms, and the experienced a couple of techniques to try.
    If you just looking at building a Raku kiln. I have found equivalent or better designs on the web. Enjoyable to read for a tech manual. Inexpensive well worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars outstanding book
    Got a wheel and don't have thousands of dollars for a kiln? Here's your solution. This book shows you how to make and use several inexpensive gas- and wood-fired kilns. If you live somewhere you can light a fire outdoors, you can fire your own work. The directions are clear, complete, and the photographs are excellent. There is also a photo gallery of works fired using the methods detailed in the book. Several of these pieces are absolutely stunning.

    The book also led me to a potentially wonderful feature. Lark Books maintains a list of suppliers for the materials used in their craft books on their website, but I can't make it work. For instance, you can't just search for "fire brick" to find a vendor near you--it seems to want the name of a company. Hopefully, Lark will improve this feature works. If it were easy to use, it would be a great asset. They should also allow Amazon customers to look inside their books. They have top-notch art and excellent content. I can't believe they don't utilize the full value of these as marketing tools. ... Read more

    7. Pottery Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Start Making Beautiful Ceramics
    by Jacqui Atkin
    Hardcover: 128 Pages (2005-08-12)
    list price: US$23.99 -- used & new: US$13.00
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    Asin: 0764158422
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Working with clay is a deeply satisfying creative hobby, but many would-be potters are put off because they don't know how to get started. Pottery Basics shows the way. With instructive, clearly captioned, step-by-step photos on every page, it teaches everything they need to know to start making, decorating, and firing pottery. It also presents twelve simple projects that encourage beginning potters to put their new skills into practice. Expert potter Jacqui Atkin instructs on:

  • Types of clay
  • Basic modeling methods such as throwing, pinching, coiling, and trimming
  • Techniques for bisque and glaze firing, and much more

    Beginners learn to make vases, trays, tiles, and many other attractive objects. They also learn techniques for creating designs, color combinations, and textures with inlays, slips, feathering, and burnishing. Separate sections instruct on clay preparation, on using a potter's wheel, and on firing in the kiln. Hundreds of instructive and inspiring color photos. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars it depends
    I bought this book because I like some of the other books the author has written. I like the way she explains things and the pictures are really helpful. Therefore if you don't have any of her other books this one is great! On the other hand if you do have some of her other books this one has lots of overlap...

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one
    I can't recommend this book enough.It is the perfect book for beginners or someone (as in my case) who has let their skills become a little rusty.It has been years since I worked with clay.This book has it all and then some. It contains clear instructions accompanied by excellent pictures that will inspire you to try some of their great projects. ... Read more

  • 8. Mastering Raku: Making Ware * Glazes * Building Kilns * Firing (A Lark Ceramics Book)
    by Steven Branfman
    Hardcover: 176 Pages (2009-11-03)
    list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$19.73
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    Asin: 1600592953
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    From firing to finishing, this is the definitive reference on raku. Ceramists will be informed and inspired by this newly updated, technique-based book with how-to photos and text. It covers such topics as types of clay, forming techniques, firing, glazes, decoration, and kilns and kiln construction. Mastering Raku also includes a gallery of works from around the world along with updated clay and glaze recipes.


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    5-0 out of 5 stars comprehensive
    Steven Branfman's Mastering Raku is a comprehensive overview of the Raku process. An enjoyable read from start to finish. The book covers everything from kiln construction, glazes,health and safety, and a wonderful section teaching Raku. Beautiful color photographs of Raku work throughout the book provide inspiration for anyone interested in the Raku process. A most have for anyone interested in this expressive firing process!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Raku Potter's Dream Book
    The author put together a combination of ideas and photos with the work of raku potters from around to world. Then complemented that with an explanation of how to achieve those results. I thought other raku books were great but this one takes you over the top with it's insight and inspiration. I also like the fact that he included some other low-fire techniques like pit firing and saggar firing.There is a list of glaze recipes and step by step instruction on building a raku kiln. To me this is an awesome book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mastering Raku
    Mastering Raku by Steven Branfman is a book written by a true expert in the field of ceramics. More importantly his informal writting style covers the topic of Raku in excellent detail. This technical packed text covers Raku glazes, clay body's, kilns, safety consideration along with supplying clay body and glaze formulas. The photos of Raku pottery are excellent showing many Raku artists pottery in great detail. Other photos reveal the actual firing process and glaze effects. Students new to Raku can read the book and can feel competent when starting to make their own pots. Steven truely is a great teacher and reading this book is almost like being in his class. It is a rare text that will offer useful information to beginning as well as advanced students and professional potters.

    The history of Raku was the first time I encounted a complete account of how Raku came into existance. I found this part of the book was worth the price alone. Steven also explains and corrects several myths about Raku that I will let future readers find and enjoy for themselves. While there are other books on Raku this one covers all aspects of this fast firing technique. Steven has written the dfinitive text on this topic.

    Jeff Zamek, Ceramics Consulting Services

    5-0 out of 5 stars HOT stuff!
    WOW!This is a GREAT book for the new or even experienced raku fan.It is the most comprehensive book that I know of and is destined to be the new raku "bible".It includes everything you could possibly want to know from basic firing techniques to alternative styles such as Naked Raku.It also has sections on safety and even building your own kiln.I have been doing clay/raku for 35 years and I still found it to have a ton of useful information in it.Oh, and it also has a bunch of recipes for slips, glazes, etc. so with this book in hand you are good to do just about anything! ... Read more

    9. Wheel-Thrown Ceramics: Altering, Trimming, Adding, Finishing (A Lark Ceramics Book)
    by Don Davis
    Paperback: 160 Pages (2000-12)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.99
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    Asin: 1579901859
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Finally there’s a book that combines complete instructions for throwing clay on a potter’s wheel with stunning color photos of every step of the process. Packed with comprehensive instructions for beginners, invaluable tips for experts, and a running gallery of international contemporary work for collectors, this will certainly become the basic book in the field.
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    Customer Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wheel Thrown Ceramics
    This book is wonderful for the wheel thrower.It offers insight into finishing that you wouldn't think of.It is great for any beginning potter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good for concepts and examples
    I bought this book by chance but it is my current go to book when looking for inspiration and reviewing technique.Don Davis is a master.He uses subtle changes in his pieces that give them a uniqueness I enjoy.My only complaint would be that I wish he had more pictures of his work inside the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite pottery book for the wheel!
    When I first started throwing, I found this book an extremely useful source for reminders, clarifications, and pointers on techniques I'd learned in class. It's a great practical guide for beginners. Now that I've been throwing for a while, I find I continue to turn to it for ideas and pointers. I've purchased several other clay books that were touted as "must haves" for potters, but I've been disappointed with them. They often focused only a few pages on wheel throwing, or were not as clear when describing techniques. Davis' book, with its straightforward instructions, good illustrative technique photos, and interesting photos of varied designs and forms, is the reference I keep turning to for myself and sharing with my classmates.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great book for beginners
    This is a good book for beginners. The book has great pictures and the instructions are easy to follow. I also like the progression in the projects. It builds your throwing skills step by step.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for those looking for great new ideas!
    A wonderful book for beginners and experienced potters alike.Lots of new ideas with detailed explanation and pictures.An absolute must, and agreat price too! ... Read more

    10. Inside Japanese Ceramics: Primer Of Materials, Techniques, And Traditions
    by Richard L. Wilson
    Paperback: 192 Pages (1999-10-01)
    list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$14.09
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    Asin: 0834804425
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This practical and supremely useful manual is the first comprehensive, hands-on introduction to Japanese ceramics. The Japanese ceramics tradition is without compare in its technical and stylistic diversity, its expressive content, and the level of appreciation it enjoys, both in Japan and around the world.Inside Japanese Ceramicsfocuses on tools, materials, and procedures, and how all of these have influenced the way traditional Japanese ceramics look and feel. A true primer, it concentrates on the basics: setting up a workshop, pot-forming techniques, decoration, glazes, and kilns and firing. It introduces the major methods and styles that are taught in most Japanese workshops, including several representative and well-known wares: Bizen, Mino, Karatsu, Hagi, and Kyoto.

    While presenting the time-tested techniques of the tradition, author Richard L. Wilson also accommodates modern technologies and materials as appropriate. Wilson has gathered a wealth of information on two fronts—as a researcher of Japanese pottery and art history, and as a potter who has studied and worked for years with master Japanese potters. In his introduction, he provides a short history of Japanese ceramics, and in closing he looks beyond traditional methods toward ways in which Western potters can make Japanese methods their own. Richly illustrated with 24 color plates, over 100 black-and-white photographs, and over 70 instructive line-drawings,Inside Japanese Ceramicsis indispensable for potters as well as connoisseurs and collectors of Japanese ceramics. Above all, it is an invitation to participate—to study, make, touch, and use the exquisite products of the Japanese ceramic tradition. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Intermediate level introduction
    Although a textbook for ceramist, it is a stimulating reading for people with a general interest in ceramics.

    I found the book fascinating.The book provides an introduction to the techniques of japanese wood fired ceramics, its history and context. The book has plenty of well chosen ilustrations along with the well thought out, enjoyable writing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inside Japanese Ceramics
    I am a pottery instructor and over the years continually have Jananese students.Japanese pottery in always as Function as it is Decorative. This book is a wonderful tool in helping me to explain tecniques to my students.
    (Especailly when they don't speak much English)As the old saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words.The step by step pictoral instructions are so helpful.
    If you are interested in Japanese pottery this is a must have book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Intro to Yakimono
    This book may look like a quick , light read, but it is a great introduction to Japanese wood fired ceramics (yakimono).A good amount of illustrations help to guide you along with the well thought out, enjoyable writing.A good addition to the academic library and a nice resource for artists as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An essential guide for the potter or the collector.
    This volume presents not only the "how-to" of Japanese ceramics, but broader considerations of their significance within the context of world ceramics.Richard Wilson has not only trained extensively withJapanese potters, but is also thoroughly familiar with the many historicalceramic types which form the tradition which continues today. Virtually no art potters today remain unaffected by the tremendous impactof Japanese ceramics, and Wilson's book provides the contemporary ceramistwith a reference that is at once useful and inspiring.The text is clearand straightforward in the explanatory sections while at the same timeconveying to the reader the fascinating historical and cultural context onwhich the many techniques are based.The color illustrations are firstclass, and the technical photographs, illustrations and diagrams are clear,easy to read and appropriately placed. As in his earlier volume, TheArt of Ogata Kenzan, Wilson has taken great pains to ensure that hisinformation is both accurate and as complete as possible.Eschewing pasttendencies of Western ceramists to mainly focus either on the externals ofJapanese pots or on a touchy-feely, pseudo-philosophical/religous approach,Wilson sees the essence of Japanese ceramics as intrinsically linked toproduction process and functionality.As he summarizes, "(TheJapanese ceramics legacy) suggests... renouncing artistic individualism...and rededicating oneself to personal discipline and harmony with materials,processes, and the user community.It implies thinking about the pots aspart of an ongoing process, a relaxed conversation with the world, ratherthan as a kind of personal decree." Through this book, RichardWilson has provided a great volume of reference not only for those who"do" ceramics, but for those who love ceramics as well. ... Read more

    11. The Potter's Studio Clay and Glaze Handbook: An Essential Guide to Choosing, Working, and Designing with Clay and Glaze in the Ceramic Studio (Backyard Series)
    by Jeff Zamek
    Paperback: 176 Pages (2009-06-01)
    list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$15.45
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    Asin: 1592535224
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Every potter—home enthusiast to the art center doyenne—needs practical guidance on choosing and using clays and glazes in his or her work. Mastering clays and glazes is a feat of both art and science, and navigating everyday issues in the pottery studio requires an understanding of both fields.  With The Potter’s Studio Clay and Glaze Handbook, the art and science of ceramics is explored with accessible authority and insight. Whether choosing a high-fire clay or applying a high-impact engobe, any potter’s craft will be enhanced and inspired by this book.

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    Customer Reviews (14)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing for mid-range potters
    I looked all through the section on glaze formulas, and if you, like me, are always looking for new cone 5-7 glazes, forget this book.It's all cone 9-11 and cone 04.Save your money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I've been waiting for this....
    This book has very useful information for the studio potter, from formulating clays and glaze to troubleshooting problems. The author addresses common issues that I deal with daily in my job.The chapter on troubleshooting glaze has a wonderful reference chart for fixing your problem, and the kiln heat work chart is extremely helpful in teaching potters what chemical changes their clay is going through as it fires. If you're looking for a super reference handbook, this is it.
    Julie Hregdovic

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reinforce Your Understanding with Practicality
    The other favorable reviews have it right.He is a knowledgeable person.Read it several times with intervals in between. Each photo is there to illustrate a specific concept.There are many variables in potting about which the average hobbyist can get a glimpse here.Once you are able to get a bit of clay to stand up, your next challenge is Glaze.Determine to know something about it in order to understand (sorta) what's going on.I also recommend Mastering Cone 6 Glazes and John Britt's High Fire Book.This is a great place to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
    Everything I hoped it would be.Made things easy to understand.Very happy with it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Potter's Studio Clay and Glaze Handbook
    My wife and I have owned and operated a potter for over thirty years. Our bookshelves display quite a selection of pottery related books.
    Jeff Zamek,s latest, The Potters Studio Clay nd Glaze Handbook is a welcome addition.
    I found it well organized,taking the reader through setting up a studio,he properties of different clays bodies,glaze chemistry to whats going on inside a gas kiln.
    I was glad I took the time to read his book.
    Jeff Manfredi
    Calistoga Pottery ... Read more

    12. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose
    by Robin Hopper
    Paperback: 256 Pages (2000-01-01)
    list price: US$44.95 -- used & new: US$29.67
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    Asin: 0873418174
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Functional Pottery, the best-selling pottery reference first published in 1986, has been extensively revised and updated to include more than 250 color photos as well as hundreds of black and white photos and illustrations. Covering historical as well as contemporary pottery, this acclaimed and inspirational book presents both philosophical and practical experiences from the 43-year pottery-making career of Robin Hopper, one of North America's most recognized ceramic artists.

    Perusing this book is like having a ceramic museum, art gallery, encyclopedia, and master potter at hand, teaching and inspiring at the same time. Beginning with a view of the historical development of pottery, the book presents a wide discussion on the aesthetics of form and design. Also addressed are the mechanics of making and the practical solutions to functional design in pots for eating, drinking, storage, pouring, cooking, serving, and pots for rituals and contemplation. The recent work and short biographies of 16 internationally recognized ceramic artists are showcased in the Portfolio section. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Functional Pottery
    This book arrived immediately, and in great shape.. Exactly as described.. It is exactly what I wanted.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hopper's Functional Pottery
    Robin Hopper strikes again!For every potter who wants to get better, there is something to do, something to follow, something new to try.I could go on making the same stuff, day-to-day, month-in, month-out, but I like to stretch my abilities, fail a few times, then learn how to do it the right way.Robin's book, "Functional Pottery" helps me to achieve my goals.I have about 300 books in my pottery library.If I were to be forced to reduce that number to ten, "Functional Pottery" would be one of the keepers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for every potter's library
    Robin Hopper has written a definitive book for all potters, beginners and masters alike.The chosen work for photos offers an excellent range of contemporary and classic forms for study.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Functional Pottery; Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose
    I found Functional Pottery to be a pleasant surprise for the most part, although I was mildly disappointed by the more practical sections of the book.Roughly the first half of the book provides an interestinghistorical and cultural review of functional pottery, which went beyondwhat I had anticipated from the title and general description.A portionof the second half of the book focused on the mechanics of particular formsof functional pottery.This portion, which was my particular interest inbuying the book, was a little less thorough and extensive than I had hoped. For the beginner/intermediate potter specifically interested in practicaladvice and detail regarding the mechanics of functional pottery forms, thematerial in the book, while useful, may not go far enough.I recommendthis book as a general overview, keeping in mind that the scope of the bookcovers a broader range of topics than implied by its title, and that onlysixty pages of the book are dedicated to the practical considerations andmechanics of designing and creating functional pottery.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For potters concerned about form and function
    This book is an excellent addition to my collection of pottery books.This book deals with the more technical side of pottery.This book is for people who have accomplished throwing but want to take it to the nextlevel.The book covers everyhting from history of pottery, to correctproportions, and also has artist bio's.Excellent book, i rate it 12 outof 10. ... Read more

    13. Techniques of the World's Great Masters of Pottery and Ceramics
    Hardcover: 192 Pages (1997-08)
    list price: US$17.99 -- used & new: US$73.50
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    Asin: 0785807454
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    14. Creative Pottery: A Step-By-Step Guide and Showcase
    by Micheal Coakes
    Paperback: 143 Pages (1998-11)
    list price: US$24.99 -- used & new: US$15.00
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    Asin: 1564963152
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    A book for all potters seeking new techniques and fresh approaches.Creative Pottery features step-by-step insight to the work of nine distinguished craftspeople.Join such renowned potters as Chris Staley, Linda Arbuckle, Michael Simon, and Peter Pinnell in their own studios as they create beautiful pottery forms.Three sections explore technique, inspiration, and approach:

    --Forming-wheelthrowing, throwing and altering, and hand-building

    --Surface-raw glazing, Majolica techniques, and spray glazing

    --Firing-wood firing, electric raku firing, and primitive firing by the potters of Jatun Molino

    --Plus tools, clay and glaze recipes, and tricks of the trade ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginning potter
    Nice photos of the featured artists' works. Very brief/partial step-by-steps of 10 contemporary potters that just touch on a few building, glazing and firing methods.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great tips, wonderful galleries
    This is a nice introduction to pottery techniques for initial constructions to fishing off with surface decorations and firing techniques. The large galleries are a great inspiration for artists of all levels.

    The book is broken into three main sections: forming, surface and firing. The first focus on creating clay objects; both throwing techniques and slab construction are covered here. Projects include making cups, a square covered jar and a slab teapot. The second section concentrates on surface techniques included raw glazing, majolica decoration and using terra sigillata. The third section gives instruction on three different firing techniques including using a gas reduction kiln, anagama kiln and raku-firing.

    You are guided seamlessly though each project with step-by-step instructions and photos. In the surface and firing sections the emphasis is on the finishing technique being featured, with basic information on how the object to be decorated was created. Some knowledge of the creation process is assumed. Each projects includes "notes for the studio" that I found very helpful. They give great advice on everything from the amount of clay your glazes contain to getting jar lids to fit correctly.

    There are beautiful galleries of numerous pieces after each section as well. Information on the gallery objects includes the artist, techniques used and size in both metric and English measurements. Contact information on the artists is provided in the back.

    In addition there are clay and glaze recipes from each artist. There are over 30 in total including a majolica base and Ferguson blue raku glaze. A list of schools that offer intensive workshops in pottery is also included. Although a fully equipped pottery studio is needed to complete most of the projects, this book offers a great overview of processes and techniques for the novice and wonderful examples of finished work for the lover of the potter's art.

    4-0 out of 5 stars outstanding text, elaborately illustrated
    Michelle has written a wonderfully informative text.The book clearly depicts a wide variety of styles and techniques.The words of the individual artists help make the book even more powerful.Unique is thewide variety of approaches to working in the clay.A must have for thelibraries of any serious students of clay.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well written, beautiful photos, I hope there'll be more
    Michael (please note correct spelling of Michael, it is NOT Micheal) is NOT the illustrator of Michelle's book.

    Michael Coakes IS an outstanding illustrator in his own right, but NOT the illustrator of his sister's book. ... Read more

    15. Image Transfer on Clay: Screen, Relief, Decal & Monoprint Techniques (A Lark Ceramics Book)
    by Paul Andrew Wandless
    Hardcover: 112 Pages (2006-10-28)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$15.38
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    Asin: 1579906354
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    The first comprehensive how-to book on the topic! Contemporary ceramists have adapted traditional printmaking procedures to transfer images onto clay surfaces. And, with this thorough resource, anyone can take advantage of these techniques in their own home studio—even those with no printmaking background. The simple processes don’t require fancy equipment. Use silk-screen decals with light-sensitive emulsions to create a master image: then cover with glazes, and voilá! Use colored slips for unique monoprints. Work with stencils, relief blocks, or stamps, trying a variety of materials to mark the clay surface. Each method is carefully laid out in numerous photos, and shown on a finished piece. More than 100 images by leading contemporary artists showcase the techniques and provide a wealth of inspiration.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Image Transfer Book
    This is a great informative book on how to transfer images from linoleum blocks, screenprints, decals - to clay. The detailed pictures show you step by step how to do each process. I would highly recommend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars clear instructions
    This book covers a range of simple print techniques in a clearly described and illustrated way.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Image Transfer on Clay
    Inside you'll find quite a few different methods for transferring images onto the clay surface.All of the suggestions are accompanied by pictures and photos.I would highly recommend this book if you're interested in experimenting and exploring new techniques.If you're looking for specific advice on a certain kind of image transfer this may or may not be the book.Some of the more basic methods are explained really well.If you're looking to learn to silkscreen, you're going to need some additional information.If you want to experiment with decals, this is a great intro.Overall, I've found myself referencing this book on a number of occasions.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Image Transfer on Clay
    Image transfer on Clay is so informative, but I did find it a little difficult to understand, even though I've been in ceramics for some time. I think it would better suit someone who has advanced knowledge in ceramics or some knowledge of screen printing processes.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly Short Book
    I checked out this book to find out more techniques for transferring images to my pots. The areas covered were fine, but there are more ways to transfer images to pots that are left out. Specifically, I wanted information on making transferware. The book also does not include much information about the types of slips that can be used. I'd rather have recipes for slips than the Orton cone chart that was included. ... Read more

    16. Collector's Encyclopedia of Weller Pottery
    by Sharon Huxford, Bob Huxford
    Hardcover: 375 Pages (1979-01)
    list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$35.00
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    Asin: 0891451145
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars collector's encylopedia of weller pottery
    I found this book to be very helpful in the history and identification of patterns.This is a really good resource book.I would love to see updated values.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Weller Pottery
    The book gave information about Weller pottery, like any book it can not cover all the pieces of pottery or antique. It did have some information on Sicard and other items people may not be familiar with.It did have information on marks and some artist which is always good.Maybe not enough on some of the unmarked Weller, but overall it was helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars weller pottery time line
    Weller Pottery
    Fultonham & Zanesville Ohio

    Weller Timeline

    April 12, 1851 Samuel Augustus Weller born in Ohio
    1872Operates a one-man pottery in Fultonham, near Zanesville in Muskeegum County, Ohio
    1882-1890Expansion to Zanesville, followed by building, buy-outs until 1931 when the Depression forces consolidation and down-sizing
    1893-1896 William Long's Lonhuda ware, Louise Weller and Louwelsa born, 1896
    1897Henry Schmidt develops Weller Turada, the first squeezebag pottery line in the Ohio valley, Owens Pottery introduces similar Cyrano line in 1898
    1895-1904 Charles Upjohn heads Weller decorating department, develops Dickensware II in 1900
    1902-1907 Jacques Sicard at Weller, Sicard line appears in the fall of 1903; (Clement Massier Reflets Metalliques by 1889)
    1902-1905 Weller becomes world's largest pottery and maker of mass produced Art Pottery
    1903-1904 Frederick Hurton Rhead at Weller, develops Jap Birdimal line in 1904, becomes Roseville's first art director in 1904, leaves Roseville in 1908
    1904 Weller has huge display at the St. Louis Exposition
    1908 Rudolph Lorber develops Dechiwo, 1908, which leads to Burntwood, Claywood, and others
    1917 Weller Hudson family introduced
    1916-1929 Rudolph Lorbor develops Brighton birds, Muskota, Woodcraft, Forest, Glendale and other great naturalistic lines, ending with Coppertone, 1929. Dorothy England Laughead creates Silvertone, Chase, and the Garden Animals
    1920-1924 John Lessell heads the decorating department, develops luster glaze lines including LaSa, Marengo, Cloudburst, Lamar, others
    July 1, 1922 Weller Pottery incorporated as "S.A. Weller, Inc."
    October 4, 1925Samuel Augustus Weller dies
    1925-1932 Nephew Harry Weller takes over as president, introduces continuous kiln, consolidates plants in 1931 due to Depression, dies in auto crash in 1932
    1930-1932 Last freehand decorated lines introduced at Weller: Stellar, Geode, Cretone, Raceme, Bonito
    1932-1937 Frederic Grant, son-in-law, is president for one year, divorced from Ethel (Weller, b. 1898); Irvin Smith, another son-in-law (Louise) is president from 1933-1937
    1935 Freehand decoration ends at Weller
    1935-1948 Weller produces simplified embossed lines
    1937-1948 Walter Hughes, a ceramic engineer and former employee at American Encaustic Tiling Company is Weller's last president
    1947-1948 Essex Wire Corporation buys controlling share in Weller, closes the pottery in 1948
    1954 Minnie Weller dies at age 92, Weller house contents are auctioned

    4-0 out of 5 stars Weller Collector's Reference
    This book was very helpful to me -I just started collecting Weller pottery since the beginning of this year.Although this book couldn't possible have every piece of Weller pottery photographed or drawn it isstill a very useful and appreciated guide for any Weller collector. I amvery pleased with my copy and would recommend it to anyone consideringstarting to collect Weller pottery or interested in placing a"ballpark" value on their Weller collectibles. There are somebeautiful Weller pieces out there available for the discerning collector -with this book you are an educated collector.Good luck and enjoycollecting some Weller pottery- maybe our paths will cross?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the Weller collector
    This is the only book I know of that is dedicated solely to Wellerpottery.It includes a very detailed history of Wellers conception anddemise.A section on the prominent Weller artisans and all the knownmarkings of the pottery is very helpful.

    The main reason I bought thisbook though is for the color photographs of the different Weller lines. They are beautiful and it makes identifying pieces much easier.Besides acopy for myself I also gave one to my Mother-in-law for her birthday.Weboth love it! ... Read more

    17. Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing (A Lark Ceramics Book)
    by Emily Reason
    Hardcover: 128 Pages (2010-01-05)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.88
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    Asin: 1600592449
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In the same bright, open design as the well-received Ceramics for Beginners: Hand Building, this second entry in the series offers an introduction to the mechanics of wheel-thrown ceramics. Artist Emily Reason takes the beginner ceramist through nine projects, starting from one of two fundamental forms (cylinder or bowl).  Color bands throughout point the reader to related information on various techniques, while gallery sections provide inspiration.


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Love It
    The book is easy to use and very informative for a new potter.I've tried several of the projects and have had good success following the tutorials. ... Read more

    18. Pottery Form (Dover Craft Books)
    by Daniel Rhodes
    Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-10-18)
    list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$10.59
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    Asin: 0486475905
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    A master ceramist and internationally known teacher offers practical information about pottery making as well as insights into the craft's meaning, history, and spirit. Featuring more than 170 photographs, this volume describes and depicts basic forms and their creation using the potter's wheel as well as by modeling, coiling, and slab building.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars another great book
    If your interested in thinking about the formal qualities of pottery, how they developed and why certain forms are aesthetically pleasing, Rhodes does a great job at discussing and illustrating it here. ... Read more

    19. Ceramics for Beginners: Hand Building (A Lark Ceramics Book)
    by Shay Amber
    Hardcover: 128 Pages (2008-11-04)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$10.21
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    Asin: 1600592430
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Ceramics are always popular with crafters, and hand building with low-fire earthenware is a natural place to start. With its wealth of information and images, elegant design, and time-tested advice this beautiful new book by artist Shay Amber will inspire even the most intimidated beginner. Just as in her celebrated workshops, Amber guides would-be ceramists through all the basics, from selecting the right clay body to embellishing the surface with fabulous decorations and gorgeous glaze treatments to setting a firing temperature. She teaches how to pinch forms, create coils, make flat slabs, work with simple molds and armatures, and ornament your piece with stencils, slips, underglazes, terra sigillata, and more. Each technique is laid out in easy-to-follow step-by-step photos with projects in progress and stunning gallery images. Amber introduces a unique, easy-to-follow method for constructing a beautiful slab-built piece, and all the necessary templates are included. A dozen projects—including a pinched Tea Bowl, coil-built Espresso Cup Set, and luminous Lantern showcase the key methods. Comprehensive and accessible, this illustrated introduction will become the standard on the potter’s bookshelf.
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    Customer Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners, get your hands dirty!
    Well written, easy to follow instructions, step by step with being too much of hand holding, ready projects which can be changed easily, and a lot of info, for a beginner, coils, slabs, stamps, about glazing, firing, clay, kilns,and setting up the studio. Even though I will not have a kiln, or real studio, (doing ceramics for pleasure), this is a wonderful how-to book, and a good reference. Pictures following instructions are great,and samples of ready project too. Diverse artwork by professionals are feast for the eyes.This book fully satisfies my needs as person who wants to make ceramics for personal enrichment, but it will be smart enoughfor an artist who never tried ceramics, and would like to expand his/her experience in another, new area.

    3-0 out of 5 stars why no preview?
    I wanted to purchase this book, but any publisher that will not allow his book to be previewed, or at least let me look at the contents, index, and covers, cwill not get my business. I'll have to wait until I can get to a book store an hour away to physically check out the book. How sad.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Place To Begin!
    This is a very well-written little manual on handbuilding clay.Very informative, easy to understand and loaded with tips and good ideas.I am far beyond the beginning stage of handbuilding, but it was good in terms of review and also offers additional techniques not covered in the handbuilding classes I attended.Definitely a 'keeper.'Highly recommend for beginners.

    3-0 out of 5 stars For people just starting handbuilding.
    I purchased this book because I wanted to know more about handbuilding. It bills itself as being for beginners and I should have given that more weight in my decision to buy it. If you have done some hand building skip this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Job!
    As a neophyte student of ceramics, I was thrilled to discover such a wonderfully presented and explicit account of turning clay into beautiful and functional works of art. Whether one is looking for instructions or inspiration, Shay's book satisfies. The wording is clear, concise, and carefully crafted to lead and reveal without being tediously pedantic. Each chapter builds sequentially and is complemented, supported, and underscored with outstanding graphics. Kudos to Shay, her photographer, her editors, and her publisher for such a stellar work of art in itself. I really love this book and plan to give several as gifts to family and friends. ... Read more

    20. Painting Ceramics: 30 Step-by-Step Decorative Projects: How to transform bowls, plate, cups, vases, jars and tiles into exquisite original pieces, with ... techniques and 300 inspirational photographs
    by Simona Hill
    Paperback: 96 Pages (2008-12-25)
    list price: US$9.99 -- used & new: US$5.93
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    Asin: 1844765938
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    This book is split into three main sections: Decorating Ceramics; Decorating Tiles; and Ceramic Mosaic. Each section begins by listing the very simple materials and equipment needed, as well as a step-by-step instructions to all the basic techniques. Templates for all designs featured in this book are included at the back of the book, which can either be copied as they are, or used as a starting point for your own designs. ... Read more

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