Written by a well-known ceramist, this best-selling, comprehensive introduction to ceramics adeptly combines the "artist's" perspective and spirit of creative inspiration with step-by-step, fully illustrated instruction in the full range of hand, wheel, and plasterwork techniques. Ideal for self-study, it features exceptionally clear explanations; ...Read MoreWritten by a well-known ceramist, this best-selling, comprehensive introduction to ceramics adeptly combines the "artist's" perspective and spirit of creative inspiration with step-by-step, fully illustrated instruction in the full range of hand, wheel, and plasterwork techniques. Ideal for self-study, it features exceptionally clear explanations; an abundance of black-and-white and full-color illustrations of "process sequences," model examples, and ceramic projects; and a convenient-to-use layout--with one topic per page or per two-page spread. Fabrication methods. Design, decoration, and glazing. Clays. Glazes. Firing the ware. The use of computers in ceramics. The marketing of ceramics. Features photos of a great "variety" of clayworks--from pots to ceramic installations, on site and in galleries; and a portfolio of international artists, with personal statements about their work. For any one interested in the procedures and techniques of working in clay.Read Less
Good. Notable creasing and scuffing to dust jacket. Library copy with standard marks and labels. Staining, chipping, and discoloration on page edges. Binding worn but strong, text and images clean. All proceeds from purchases from BooksKC go to benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, a nonprofit organization which provides job services, training, and employment to individuals with disabilities.
VERY GOOD PLUS in Very Good Dustjacket. SECOND EDITION. Bump to front bottom corner. Dustjacket very good. Mild shelf and edgewear to glossy illustrated jacket. A 1" closed tear and some creasing to jacket bottom spine. Gilt lettering debossed to spine of black cloth-covered boards. Numerous black and white and color illustrations, formulas. Clean, bright, tight. 400 pp with glossary, annotated bibliography, ceramics magazines, acknowledgements and index. A clear step-by-step guide to acquiring practical skills with an appreciation of the unique artistic potential of working in clay, and is suitable for both beginners and advanced ceramists.
This was the text for my beginning ceramics class. My teacher said, "if you only ever read on book on ceramics, this is the one." Concise and complete; an excellent text.
Jun 4, 2009
Comprehensive and Accessible
I checked the second edition of this book out from our local library after a visit to Pewabic Pottery sparked a latent interest in ceramics. I was amazed at how comprehensively this book covered the topics including types and uses of clays, glaze composition and color ranges, techniques, etc. If you're considering getting into ceramics or already practice in some areas and need a reference, this book would be a good choice.
The reason I looked for it on here is that it's such a good reference that I want my own copy!
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