The Big Book of Ceramics: A Guide to the History, Materials, Equipment and Techniques of Hand-Building, Throwing, Molding, Kiln-Firing and Glazing Pottery and Other Ceramic Objects
With more than 700 color photographs and schematic drawings to illustrate every material, piece of equipment, and technique. "The Big Book of ... Show synopsis With more than 700 color photographs and schematic drawings to illustrate every material, piece of equipment, and technique. "The Big Book of Ceramics" is the most comprehensive, most accessible introduction to the art of pottery making available. Following a historical overview is a thorough presentation of basic ceramic materials (clays, glazes, and preparation methods), equipment (kilns, potters' wheels, and the like), and tools (for measuring, modeling, throwing, and glazing). The heart of the book is the section on glazing, followed by molding and throwing methods. Anchoring and aimplifying the lessons just learned is a series of step-by-step demonstrations that put these various techniques into practice in creating a range of ceramic vessels and sculptural forms.