Wheel Throwing, Handbuilding, General

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WHEEL THROWING

Ceramic Studio: Wheel Throwing

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.

Ceramic Studio: Wheel Throwing

Emily Reason
Paperback, color, 128 pages

 

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Throwing Techniques is a collection of more than thirty carefully selected projects from more than two dozen talented ceramic artists. Get your creativity flowing as you discover the secrets to making a variety of lidded, closed, and spouted forms; constructing large pieces; altering thrown shapes; and much more. Through the use of hundreds of step-by-step how-to images, master potters share their expertise so you can expand your skills and get the most out of throwing.

Throwing Techniques

Edited by Bill Jones
Paperback, color, 136 pages

 

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Throwing Pots

In Throwing Pots, Phil Rogers takes the reader through the basic principles of throwing and in step-by-step illustrations shows how to make a wide range of pots from the simple bowl to the more complex forms of teapots and jugs. He also discusses the aesthetics of pottery as well as turning, how to make lids and spouts and where to see fine pots to use as inspiration.

 

Throwing Pots

Phil Rogers
Paperback, color, 128 pages

 

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The Basics of Throwing

The Basics of Throwing offers a "back-to-basics" approach, covering the essential and fundamental principles of throwing on the wheel. From centering the clay to developing shapes from the basic cylinder form (jugs, bowls, etc.), it clearly studies and explains each movement in depth while examining the way the clay moves and the pressures needed to control it. Photographs are used to illustrate each step in the throwing process. In addition, the book includes an introduction to basic design approaches for individual development.

The Basics of Throwing

David Cohen
Paperback, color, 144 pages

 

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The New Ceramics Throwing

Throwing is an important skill for any potter to master, using only a few tools, the guidance of their hands, and the momentum of a wheel. Richard Phethean describes essential techniques for working on the wheel with an eye to the practical. He covers a range of forms, from simple domestic pots to more complex vessels, with the aim of building makers confidence in throwing techniques. This book features clear instructions for creating each type of vessel, accompanied by step-by-step how-to images, which demonstrate the techniques described. It also profiles the work of contemporary potters, for whom throwing is a vital part of their practice. Throwing is an essential companion for anyone attempting to master the art of forming pots on the wheel.

The New Ceramics:
Throwing

Richard Phethean
Paperback, 144 pages

 

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Mastering the Potter's Wheel starts with an introduction to wheel-throwing, from centering to creating the basic forms. What pushes this book beyond the competition, however, are the techniques offered in the chapters that follow. From a variety of methods for throwing large objects such as pitchers and platters, to alterations, darting, and paddling, this book offers potters a world of possibilities. With galleries featuring today's top working artists, including Kyle Carpenter, Sam Chung, Chandra DeBuse, Julia Galloway, Martha Grover, Ayumie Horie, Forrest Lesch-Middleton, Kristen Kieffer, Kathy King, Matt Long, Alex Matisse, Lorna Meaden, Doug Peltzman, Mackenzie Smith, Shawn Spangler, and many more.

Mastering the Potter's Wheel

Ben Carter
Hardcover, 208 pages

 

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Throwing & Handbuilding Forming Techniques

Throwing & Handbuilding: Forming Techniques is a collection of carefully selected feature articles from Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, the two most widely read ceramics arts publications in the world. Within each section of the book you’ll discover challenging, complex and unusual techniques, oftentimes extensively illustrated, by some of the foremost studio artists working today. By mastering new techniques and discovering inspirational works of contemporary masters, you’ll soon find yourself challenged to take new directions in your work.

Throwing & Handbuilding : Forming Techniques

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Throwing Large

Throwing large work is a challenging area and takes a different approach to throwing normal ware. This book looks at throwing purely from the perspective of making very large work. It assumes the reader can already throw, but different techniques are needed when making large work because of all the added problems - it can buckle during making, collapse if not moved to the kiln safely and warp in the firing. Not to mention that the techniques needed to physically throw much larger work are very different.

Throwing Large

Nic Collins
Paperback, 112 pages

 

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GENERAL REFERENCE

Basic Pottery Making

Complete with a chapter on tools and materials to get started, this easy-to-use guide explains and illustrates how to wedge clay, use a pottery wheel, shape and trim pots, determine clay thickness, add handles, and a host of other pottery-making techniques. It also contains a chapter on bisque firing and glazing, the final steps in creating beautiful and functional pottery. Includes complete instructions for making a large bowl, three styles of mugs, and a sugar bowl and creamer set.
 

Basic Pottery Making

Linda Franz
Paperback, color, 137 pages
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Introducing Pottery

Introducing Pottery offers a complete course in pottery, explaining everything you need to know in order to get started, and beyond. It will help develop beginning ceramic artists' skills, and guide them through to a greater level of confidence and competence in this craft. Inside is included everything from where clay is found and how it is made, to preparation for use and an in-depth description of the methods of making (including throwing, slabs and coiling). Additionally, there is information on how to mix glazes, glaze technology, different types of kilns and what happens during a firing. Introducing Pottery clearly and logically covers all the essentials of making pots and sculptures in clay, enabling the beginner to get set up and get going in a productive way. It is structured in an easy format that follows the whole process from start to finish using clear step-by-step images to help guide the reader throughout.

Introducing Pottery

Dan Rhode
Paperback, color, 160 pages
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The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques

The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques provides a comprehensive guide to the tools, materials and techniques of ceramic art. Structured in an accessible A-Z format, and packed with full-colour illustrations and sound, practical explanations, this reference work is widely known as 'the potter's bible'. 
The 6th edition of this classic text has been thoroughly updated, with new entries on topics ranging from aerogel to smoke crackle, and from tea bowls to 3D printing, as well as many revised and updated entries. The Dictionary also includes useful technical and resource information. For the first time, the book is presented in full colour, with images showing ceramics material, processes and products.

The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques

Frank and Janet Hamer
Hardcover, color, 454 pages
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The Art & Craft of Ceramics

Beginners eager to explore the world of ceramics, as well as experienced potters seeking new techniques and ideas, will find this colorful, technique-packed manual absolutely inspiring. Lavishly illustrated and visually attractive, it provides both practical and creative information on tools and materials, production processes, glazing, and decorative techniques—including detailed explanations of clays, kilns, and accessories.

The Art & Craft of Ceramics

Maria Dolors Ros i Frigola
Hardcover, color, 160 pages
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From a Slab of Clay

 Working with clay slabs offers more opportunities than any other forming process. From small dishes and plates to architectural installments, slabs can be used to create any form, any size. When Daryl E. Baird took notice of all the work being done with this technique, he decided to explore it in depth then open the doors for others to enjoy. In From a Slab of Clay you'll learn about what it takes to start out on a journey that's sure to last a lifetime. From setting up a proper working space to selecting the right tools and equipment - including complete instructions for building your own slab roller - Daryl doesn't miss any details for you to consider to assure your success.


 

From a Slab of Clay

Daryl E. Barid
Paperback, color, 176 pages
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Clay A Studio Handbook

 Drawing on his vast experience in ceramics, Vince Pitelka's Clay: A Studio Handbook is the most practical, all-inclusive studio handbook for students, studio artists, educators and all those interested in the art of clay. The ten chapters in Clay: A Studio Handbook address the full range of ceramic processes, and bring a lifetime of ceramic knowledge directly into the hands of potters. Concerned about safe and efficient studio operation, Pitelka pays diligent attention to safety practices.

Professional potters, students, teachers even serious weekend potters will find this book is their single best resource for gaining, retaining, and expanding a solid understanding of clay. And after that, this book helps you move your work forward, with detailed descriptions of techniques you may have tried and abandoned, or techniques you've been yearning to try out but didn't have clear guidelines for.
 

Clay: A Studio Handbook

Vince Pitelka
Paperback, color, 319 pages
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The Workshop Guide to Ceramics

 This comprehensive reference source and how-to manual encompasses the wide range of all ceramic techniques into one large, definitive volume. It was written for professional and amateur ceramicists, and for teachers of the art. The Workshop Guide to Ceramics describes materials, processes, tools, forming techniques, surface decoration, firing, glazes, and design of ceramic objects of all kinds. This all-inclusive reference volume concludes conversion charts and tables, followed by lists of suppliers, galleries, helpful web sites, and more. Features more than 500 color illustrations.

The Workshop Guide to Ceramics

Duncan Hooson & Anthony Quinn
Hardcover, color, 320 pages
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The Potter's Studio Handbook

The Potter's Studio Handbook guides readers through the process of setting up their own studio and teaching them how to master the techniques at home. Once techniques are mastered, The Potter's Studio Handbook will remain an invaluable resource to the clay artist when looking to create beautiful, yet functional projects, at home with nearly 25 projects that build upon previously learned skills.

The Potter's Studio Handbook
 
Kristin Muller
Paperback, color, 192 pages

 

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Complete Ceramics

Part how-to guide, part historical reference, and part illustrated idea book, this is the definitive potter�s companion. It covers the basics, such as coil building and slab construction, and features accompanying photos to help newcomers build a strong technical foundation. Then it provides dozens of advanced techniques that experienced potters will want to add to their repertoire, including mold-making and creative throwing practices. Also featured is a fascinating history of pottery, as well as a reference guide to the many types of clays and kilns.

Complete Ceramics

C&B Crafts
Hardcover, 160 pages

 

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The Potter's Bible

An essential illustrated reference for both beginner and advanced potters, these photographic sequences guide you through a comprehensive range of shaping, firing and decorating techniques, so you can begin making wonderful ceramics even if you've never attempted pottery before. Learn about essential tools and equipment, different types and constituencies of clay, methods of production and much more. Includes dozens of ideas for creating textured surface effects and decorations.

The Potter's Bible

Marilyn Scott
Hardcover Spiral, 192 pages

 

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The Potter's Encyclopedia of Color, Form, and Decoration

Ceramic vessels come in an enormous variety of shapes, colors and decorative finishes — a fact that contributes to the appeal and excitement of pottery as a medium, while presenting the potter with a bewildering number of choices. This comprehensive guide details more than 600 ceramic shapes and forms, extensively illustrated with inspirational photographs, elevation and section drawings, and comprehensive explanations to combine creativity and practicality. It also illustrates more than 700 individual glazes, with explanations of their properties, scope, and limits and provides instructions for creating them.

The Potter's Encyclopedia of Color, Form, and Decoration

Neal French
Hardcover, 160 pages

 

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The Potter's Professional Handbook

The perfect resource for individuals wishing to take the next step in their involvement with clay. Written by Steven Branfman, The Potter’s Professional Handbook covers topics ranging from determining what a professional is to equipment selection, setting up shop, marketing your work, and much more. This book provides descriptions of the items necessary for a beginning professional potter and includes visual examples of items including sales slips, purchase orders, invoices, credit slips, and even floor plans of well-known potters’ studios.

The Potter's Professional Handbook

Steven Branfman
Paperback, 236 pages
 
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Ceramic Projects: Forming Techniques

Beyond simple cylinder and slab construction, these projects get into combinations of techniques-adding textures, cutting darts, extruding forms, faceting, assembling multiple parts, and more. Techniques that will make your work stand out. For the intermediate potter looking for the next challenge and the advanced clay artist seeking inspiration, these projects run the gamut of possibilities.

Ceramic Projects: Forming Techniques

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Stoneware

This book discusses the various considerations that need to be taken into account when working at higher temperatures and shows the myriad techniques and glazes that can be used to achieve excellent results.

Stoneware

Richard Dewar
Paperback, 128 pages

 

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The Great Clay Adventure

Encourage elementary and middle school-age kids to build their clay-sculpting skills at home with these lessons and projects designed for use in the classroom. They’ll model a pinch pot, coil animals, fossils, vases, masks, and tiles that they can embellish with rubber stamps. Best of all, these projects will foster children’s confidence in their abilities and stimulate new ideas.
 

The Great Clay Adventure

Richard Dewar
Hardcover, 144 pages

 

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Pitchers Teapots Cups and Mugs

Pitchers, Teapots, Cups, and Mugs, features 18 detailed, step-by-step projects that explore various approaches to making these pots using both wheel-throwing and handbuilding techniques. From the handmade thermos and mug set inspired by a cold commute to various approaches to making pouring and drinking vessels of all kinds, you’ll find opportunities to learn new techniques and apply your own experiences to developing a personal aesthetic. It's time well spent on forms that are the foundation of many potter’s stock and trade.
 

Pitchers Teapots
Cups & Mugs

Sherman Hall
Softcover, 87 pages

 

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Plates Platters and Bowls

Plates, Platters, & Bowls, features twenty in-depth, step-by-step projects. With both wheel-thrown and handbuilt examples, you'll find solutions for common problems like how to throw a large platter or bowl without breaking your back. But you’ll also find unusual and innovative interpretations on these classic forms such as asymmetrical handbuilt bowls that are folded like origami and arranged together as sculptural explorations of geometry. This volume is a perfect balance of practical information and thought-provoking inspiration and is a must for anyone interested in strengthening their work and expanding their creative expression.
 

Plates Platters & Bowls

Sherman Hall
Softcover, 87 pages

 

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HANDBULDING

Handbuilding Techniques

If you enjoy handbuilding, then Handbuilding Techniques is one book you’ll definitely want in your collection. This Ceramic Arts Handbook brings together the most creative techniques, tips, and projects from dozens of experts published in Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly. Illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step images, Handbuilding Techniques gives you all the how-to information you need to explore new methods and expand your skills. Written for intermediate to advanced potters, this book promises to move you into an exciting world of inspired creativity.
 

Handbuilding Techniques

Edited by Bill Jones
Paperback, 136 pages
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Handbuilding

Michael Hardy looks at the traditional handbuilding methods of pinching, coiling, slab building and press-moulding, and explains in detail how to use them. The simplicity and steadiness of most handbuilding techniques means that they can be used to build much more complex forms than can be achieved on the wheel, and so appeals to a wide range of ceramic artists. These artists are exploring the possibilities that handbuilding provides, pushing back the boundaries and combining techniques to achieve some of the most exciting ceramics today.
 

Handbuilding

Michael Hardy
Paperback, color, 128 pages
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Pinch Pottery The technique is simple; the results are gorgeous! Susan Halls has created an array of refined, sophisticated and incredibly modern-looking projects that are perfect for beginners, yet enticing for more seasoned ceramicists. The pieces range from a mug, vase, and jug to a bowl, teapot, and triple herb planter, and they start with a basic pinch pot before moving on to wider, taller, and more composite forms, all with stunning options for color and surface decoration. And, since many of the items can be made with easily found air-drying clay, no kiln's required!

Pinch Pottery

Susan Halls
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This book is an introduction to the use of additions in clay bodies, from hard materials like stones and glass to combustible matter, fiber, metals and color. It looks at the work of a range of contemporary international makers who are using additions to create remarkable new forms and textures in ceramic work. With an emphasis on creativity and experimentation, ceramicist Kathleen Standen reveals a range of possible effects, and profiles the extraordinary work of contemporary makers using additions in their practice.

Additions to Clay Bodies

Kathleen Standen
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Ceramic Sculpture Making Sculpting the human face presents a unique artistic challenge—but this richly illustrated guide thoroughly demystifies the process. Instructor Alex Irvine goes step-by-step, explaining everything from creating basic, rough outlines to surface refinements to finely detailed replicas. Photographs of models and sketches appear alongside the actual sculpture, and a gallery of contemporary work inspires.

Ceramic Sculpture Making Faces

Alex Irvine
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Ceramic Studio: Hand Building With a wealth of information, elegant design, and time-tested advice, this beautiful beginner's book covers the most popular topic in ceramics. Just as in her celebrated workshops, artist Shay Amber guides would-be potters through all the basics of hand building, from pinching and coiling to draping slabs, adding gorgeous surface embellishments, and firing. Twelve teaching projects--including a pinched tea bowl and coil-built espresso cup set--build a repertoire of skills.

Ceramic Studio: Hand Building

Shay Amber
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Slab Techniques

Slabs can be used to make the most basic of forms to the most complex. This broad approach to slab work shows a wide variety of building methods and illustrates the work of many high-profile ceramic artists using this forming technique. The book explores and explains most of these methods through step-by-step images and text, using a varied range of both pots and sculpture. There are often several techniques that could be used to achieve the same result and this book shows that no one method is correct, but there will be one which is appropriate for you, the clay you’re using and your firing process.

Slab Techniques

 

Jim Robison & Ian Marsh
Paperback, 112 pages

 

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The Extruder Book

This extensive how-to book puts you in touch with all the creative potential of the extruder. With more than 50% new material, this book features new works by artists, up-to-date information on extruders, and sixteen great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their studio.

The Extruder Book

 

Daryl E Baird
Paperback, 164 pages

 

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Extruder, Mold & Tile: Forming Techniques

Beyond the world of pinch and coil constructions and wheel-thrown pots lies a vast array of opportunities for the ceramic artist. In Extruder, Mold & Tile: Forming Techniques potters will discover a wealth of information, techniques and inspiration on topics that span the usual to the unusual as well as the functional to the sculptural.

Extruder, Mold & Tile: Forming Techniques

 

Anderson Turner
Paperback, 144 pages

 

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