Decorating and Glazing

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Surface Decoration Techniques Ceramic art consists of two major components: surface and form. Either one can make your sculpture or pot a success or a failure. In Surface Decoration Techniques, you’ll discover a wealth of information about how to approach the surface of your ceramic surfaces through a wide variety of techniques from more than 30 professional clay artists with decades of experience. Each approaches the surface from a different perspective, with different tools, at a different stage in the process, with different results—so the results for you are greatly expanded!

Surface Decoration Techniques

Anderson Turner
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Surface Decoration: Finishing Techniques

 

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).

Surface Design for Ceramics

Maureen Mills
Paperback, 144 pages

 

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Surface Design for Ceramics

 

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).

Surface Design for Ceramics

Maureen Mills
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The Ceramic Surface A remarkable diversity of techniques are used to treat the ceramic surface. Matthias Ostermann presents an exploration of the ceramic surface—focusing on the vessel and platter—that includes the nonfunctional, the metaphoric, the narrative, and even the sculptural. Through an examination of the works of 200 ceramicists from around the world, he provides a broad overview of contemporary techniques and approaches. The Ceramic Surface
Matthias Ostermann
Hardcover, 208 pages  
 
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Surface, Glaze & Form Get in on the latest techniques from 21st century potters with a book that covers three of the most critical aspects of the ceramic process in up-to-date terms. Find out how 30 ‘with it’ ceramic artists create unique forms and the methods they use to glaze and decorate their work. You’ll discover all types of forming, decorating and glazing techniques illustrated in detailed step-by-step photo sequences that cover every aspect of modern ceramics. Surface, Glaze & Form
Anderson Turner
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Coloring Clay Beginning with a brief introduction to historic forms such as encaustic tile, sprigging, and art pottery, Coloring Clay explains the principal techniques for working with colored clay. This detailed, practical handbook takes artists though the clay and stain selection process to forming and firing, outlining proven procedures that produce optimum results. Readers will learn to use coiling and handbuilding for marbled effects, make Wedgwood-style applied reliefs, incorporate swirls and subtle hues into wheel-thrown pieces with mixes and overlays, or apply inlays to slipcast works for modern geometric patterns. Jo Connell also covers loaf and cane forms such as agate, nerikomi, and millefiori, as well as textural effects. Coloring Clay
Jo Connell
Paperback, 96 pages
 
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4000 Alphabet & Letter Motifs Savvy crafters and designers in search of exciting new ideas know they can find them in the bestselling 4000 Motifs sourcebooks. Now, the unique series that includes 4000 Flower and Plant Motifs and 4000 Animal, Bird and Fish Motifs offers a new selection of stunning copyright-free designs: a lavish treasury of elegantly rendered typographic and calligraphic alphabets from the familiar Roman letters to scripts inspired by Runic and Cyrillic writing—along with numerals, music, and other symbols. 4000 Alphabet & Letter Motifs
Graham Leslie McCallum
Paperback, 399 pages
 
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400 Chinese Motifs Pandas, dragons, flowers, lotus leaves,jasmine, and Asian trees: from the simple to the supremely exotic, this handbook provides crafters with 400 Chinese-style hand-drawn motifs to use in every kind of work, from garments to paintings to sculpture in ceramic or wood. 
In addition to appearing on the page, all the designs are included on the accompanying CD, which gives artisans great flexibility in applying the motifs to their creations.
400 Chinese Motifs
Graham Leslie McCallum
Paperback, 400 pages
 
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400 Japanese Motifs This extensive collection showcases one of the most elegant genres of illustration, with art that's ideal for all types of creative work. Four hundred Japanese-style motifs cover animals, from cranes to Koi to dragons; plants, such as cherry blossom and bamboo, and many other stunning patterns. The designs range from simple to exotic, and all are on an accompanying CD for easy use.  400 Japanese Motifs
Graham Leslie McCallum
Paperback, 400 pages
 
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5000 Flower and Plant Motifs With more than 5000 floral and plant motifs to choose from, this resource is a perfect source of inspiration for all kinds of creative workers-graphic designers, stitchers, woodworkers, ceramists, or tattooists. Artist Graham McCallum's hand-drawn designs include many historical styles, border motifs, and simple and elaborate plant compositions. All are available on an accompanying CD. 5000 Flower and Plant Motifs
Graham Leslie McCallum
Paperback, 484 pages
 
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20 Ways to Draw a Tree
Designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration fun. Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of a single item, such as a tree, tulip, shell, owl, peacock feather, mushroom, cloud, or berry.–with blank space for you to draw your take on “20 Ways to Draw a Tree.” This is not a step-by-step technique book--rather, the stylized flowers, trees, leaves, and clouds are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, showing you how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw.
 
20 Ways to Draw a Tree
Eloise Renouf
Paperback, 95 pages
 
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Creative Lettering Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors—including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers—give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor's work are also included. Creative Lettering
Jenny Doh
Paperback, 144 pages
 
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Resist and Masking Techniques The use of wax, paper, clay, and other materials to prevent the effects of heat, fire, smoke, chemical reactions, colors, and glazes from altering or contaminating the surfaces of work is very popular with ceramicists. However, learning to use these techniques can be a long and frustrating process, particularly when complicated by considerations of the state of the clay and the form of glazing to be used. In this book Peter Beard discusses the techniques of masking and resist and gives guidance as to how best to use various materials and firing methods to achieve a wide range of finishes.

Resist and Masking Techniques

Peter Beard
Paperback, 128 pages

 

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Ceramics Handbook Lustre Lustreware, once associated with alchemy for its golden effects, may no longer be a guarded secret of potters and tillers, but the technique still intimidates many artists. The challenging mix of science and art requires a great deal of experimentation to achieve the desired results. Perfecting lustre demands patience, experience, and, above all, knowledge. Yet the iridescent beauty of this decorative technique makes it all worthwhile. Lustre takes on many appearances, from a warm coppery glow to a spectacular prismatic finish. In Lustre, ceramic artist Greg Daly demystifies the method and removes the guesswork from the process.

Lustre

Greg Daly
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Maiolica The practice of tin glaze spans thousands of years of history, from its inception in Mesopotamia, through its flowering in Islamic culture, its brilliant heyday during the Italian Renaissance, and its current active revival around the world. It has always been a medium both varied and expressive that has inspired ceramists and artists alike over the centuries to ply their brushes in an exuberance of painted decoration and narrative. Within the field of ceramics, maiolica, with its stable color-holding glaze surface, is unique as a medium—indeed, it has been called a painter's medium.

The New Maiolica

Matthias Ostermann
Hardback, 160 pages

 

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Maiolica Maiolica is a well-established, traditional medium still used today in a wide variety of ways. This book is a practical guide to the materials, techniques, and processes of maiolica glazes, amply illustrated with works by contemporary makers. After a brief historical overview, the book looks first at the basic materials and processes involved, covering clay bodies, glazes, glazing, pigments and firing, and then moves on to explore surface treatment in depth. It describes all the usual techniques associated with maiolica, such as brushwork, sgraffito, wax resist, stencils, sponging and on-glaze decoration.

Maiolica

Daphne Carnegy
Paperback, 112 pages

 

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Graphic Clay Jason Bige Burnett introduces intermediate to advanced ceramicists to various surface techniques while offering ideas and exercises to encourage development and creative vision. The first part of Graphic Clay examines ways to decorate ceramics, working from greenware to glazed. Brush or sponge-stamp slip directly onto your clay as if it were paint. Or try newsprint transfer to create great chipped paint-like and peeled wallpaper surfaces. Screen printing is covered in the second part of Graphic Clay, which begins with an introduction to the general materials, supplies and equipment.

Graphic Clay

Jason Bige Burnett
Hardcover, 160 pages

 

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Ceramic Transfer Printing Ceramic Transfer Printing is aimed at those in ceramics who wish to move into print and transfers, a very exciting area which has expanded massively in the last 10 years. Transfers, or decals, have great potential as a means of creative expression. Printmaking allows reproduction of both photographic and ‘hand drawn’ imagery, pattern and text onto the surface of two and three-dimensional ceramic objects.

Ceramic Transfer Printing

Kevin Petrie
Paperback, 144 pages

 

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Image Transfer on Clay The first comprehensive how-to book on the topic! Contemporary ceramists have adapted traditional printmaking procedures to transfer images onto clay surfaces. 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. Image Transfer on Clay
Paul Andrew Wandless
Hardcover, 112 pages
 
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Image Transfer on Clay Contemporary ceramists have adapted printmaking techniques to transfer typography, lettering, drawings, or photographs onto clay surfaces. This comprehensive resource, new in paperback, will help you take advantage of these techniques—even if you have no printmaking background. No fancy equipment needed: just use silk-screen decals with light-sensitive emulsions to create a master image, cover with glazes, and voilá! Try colored slips for unique monoprints or experiment with stencils, relief blocks, and stamps. Each method is carefully laid out in gorgeous photos, with detailed firing instructions.  Image Transfer on Clay
Paul Andrew Wandless
Paperback, 112 pages
 
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Glazing Techniques In Glazing Techniques you’ll discover how dozens of talented artists approach glazing using a variety of techniques, materials and firing ranges to achieve stunning surfaces that are sure to inspire your work. This book provides step-by-step details on materials, preparing your work, resists, layering, lusters, underglazes, majolica, china paint, stencils, spraying, pouring, and more. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, this book gives you the expert information and instructions you need to apply stunning glazed surfaces you for as long as you enjoy clay. Glazing Techniques
Anderson Turner
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Developing Glazes Developing your own glazes can be tricky and success is dependent on many factors. In this book, ceramicist Greg Daly aims to demystify the process with practical advice and complete, step-by-step instructions. He covers all the essentials, from planning your recipes and recording results to mixing glazes and finding the correct firing temperature. This hands-on technical guidance is supported with helpful how-to images and example tests and recipes. For any potter beginning to experiment with fired color, texture and decoration in their work, Developing Glazes is an essential reference, revealing workable, exciting methods for achieving the glaze results you want. Developing Glazes
Greg Daly
Paperback, 128 pages  
 
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Glazes & Glazing Glazing plays an important part of ceramic art but can be rather mysterious to both the newcomer and the seasoned professional. While the chemistry may appear to be a bit like alchemy to the uninitiated, an established science and accepted practices provide order and repeatable results.Glazes & Glazing: Finishing Techniques covers many aspects of glazing–from formulating your own special concoctions to working with various combinations and applications. Glazes & Glazing
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The Ceramic Spectrum Eighteen years after its first edition, Robin Hopper has updated what has become a staple for all potters and ceramists. With several new or expanded chapters covering Oriental glazes, Islamic Iustres, Egyptian pastes, high texture glazes, flux variation triaxial and extended colour information, among other topics, this new edition is a must-have for any ceramist or potter. The book is easy to read, follow and understand and features hundreds of photographs, drawings and charts to visually guide and inspire the reader. The Ceramic Spectrum
Robin Hopper
Paperback, 256 pages
 
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Colour in Glazes A complete guide to achieving a fantastic spectrum of colorful glazes for the studio potter, Color in Glazes looks at all the methods of achieving color in glazes, focusing on coloring oxides in detail, including the newly available rare earth oxides. Types of base glazes and the fluxes used to make them are discussed in relation to color response. Emphasis is placed on using coloring oxides to achieve depth and variety of color, rather than just resorting to commercial ceramic stains. Colour in Glazes
Linda Bloomfield
Paperback, 144 pages
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The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes With hundreds of recipes for some of the most popular and enduring high-fire glazes, this reference will prove a boon to ceramists who want to master this complex and versatile aspect of the art. Author John Britt has personally tested many of the recipes, and carefully reviews every one. He offers a thorough examination of glaze materials, chemistry, and tools, and presents the basics of mixing, application, and firing procedures. There’s a wealth of information on various type of glazes, including copper, iron, shino, salt/soda, crystalline, and more. An exhaustive index of subjects and a separate index of glaze recipes will help ceramists find what they need.

The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes

John Britt
Paperback, 184 pages

 

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The first printing of Cone 5-6 Glazes: Materials & Recipes sold out quickly, but we’re happy to announce that it is back in print in a beautiful new format. This best seller brings together some of the top glaze experts in ceramics to provide you with all the information you need to create successful glazes for your pots. With Cone 5-6 Glazes, you’ll find almost 200 recipes and great insights as to how different raw materials work to provide the results you want (and maybe some you didn’t expect!).

Cone 5-6 Glazes

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The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes According to Ceramics Monthly, approximately 75% of potters glaze their pieces at mid-range temperatures—and this complete studio guide eliminates the guesswork from the popular process. Along with hundreds of recipes, it explores mixing, application, specific firing and cooling cycles, and all the factors that make glazes work. See how to boost colors with intense stains, washes, and underglazes; achieve stunning results that equal high-fire glazing, and expand the frontiers of mid-range with tips for wood, salt, and soda firing. 

The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes

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Glazes Cone 6 The exceptionally wide variety of glazes and glazing techniques possible at this popular temperature, of 1240 degrees Celsius or 2264 degrees Fahrenheit, are fully explored in this excellent resource

Glazes Cone 6

Michael Bailey
Paperback, 128 pages

 

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The Glaze Book Contemporary potters are constantly developing ways of enhancing the surfaces of their work. The approaches they use are as varied as the potters themselves. This book contains recipes for glazes with fired results over the entire temperature range—from earthenware through stoneware and porcelain. Hundreds of glazed tiles illustrate the vast range of colors available to the potter, with recipes, descriptions, and tips for success. Along with glaze recipes for earthenware*, stoneware, and porcelain, there are detailed descriptions of the special processes involved with raku, luster, majolica, and sodaware.

The Glaze Book

Stephen Murfitt
Hardcover, 288 pages

 

 
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The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes Emmanuel Cooper's classic guide to making glazes is now available in a thoroughly revised new edition. Cooper provides potters with an introductory section on glaze materials, coloring, mixing, and the application of glazes, as well as information on health and safety issues. This essential guide also features over 400 recipes ranging from opaque, matte, and transparent glazes to crystalline and black iron glazes, organized according to their varying temperature ranges.

The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes

Emmanuel Cooper
Hardcover, 208 pages

 

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Natural Glazes Like clay, all glaze materials come from the earth. Traditionally, stones, plants, and other natural materials provided the elements for ceramic surface decoration. In an age of synthetic and mass-produced glazes, handmade glazes from locally sourced ingredients allow artists to produce unique pieces that reflect their surrounding landscapes. In Natural Glazes, Miranda Forrest guides readers through the process of experimentation and discovery to make amazing hues from organic materials.

Natural Glazes

Miranda Forrest
Paperback, 112 pages

 

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Oriental Glazes Oriental glazes have long enchanted and fascinated potters and the public alike. From celadons and copper reds to the more specialized tea-dust and hare's fur tenmoku glazes, these magical effects have exerted an appeal that is still strong today. In the book, Michael Bailey shows how best to achieve these glazes. Amongst other things, he discusses materials, glaze analysis and recipes, kilns and fuel, and reduction firings.

Oriental Glazes

Michael Bailey
Paperback, 128 pages

 

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Soda, Clay and Fire Soda glazing is a relatively new development in ceramic history, with exciting scope for research and experimentation. It’s a more popular ceramic practice, particularly in the U.S., where it’s widely taught in college ceramics departments and workshops, and has attracted a high number of professional practitioners.

Soda, Clay and Fire

Gail Nichols
Paperback, 156 pages

 

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Soda Glazing Soda glazing was, for many years, the neglected cousin of salt glazing. As pollution laws have become stricter, however, more potters have turned to soda and, to their delight, found not only the traditional orange peel surface but also a subtle palette of colors that have made them sit up and take notice.

In this book Ruthanne Tudball discusses the history of and techniques involved in soda glazing. She includes body and slip recipes, kiln designs, and firing methods specifically developed for soda glazing. She illustrates her text with the work of an international group of artists.

Soda Glazing

Ruthanne Tudball
Paperback, 96 pages

 

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Ash Glazes  
In this second edition of Ash Glazes, Phil Rogers covers the history of ash glazes and proceeds to discuss the practicalities of collecting and testing wood ashes and transforming them into glazes. In the final portion of the book, he looks at the work of some leading international potters whose work is typified by the array of finishes that they achieve through their use of wood ash glazes. Images of their work offer an impressive display of the colors and techniques possible through this glazing technique.

Ash Glazes

Phil Rogers
Hardcover, 176 pages

 

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Salt Glazing Salt glazing, with its distinctive "orange peel" surface, has long attracted both ceramicists and collectors. In his new book, well-known potter Phil Rogers looks at all the aspects of this very special glazing technique.
Salt Glazing covers the history of salt glazing and the technical considerations—particularly kilns—that set this form of glazing apart from all other studio ceramics. Rogers also showcases the work of such leading salt glaze artists as Byron Temple, Jeff Oestrich, and Hans and Birgette Borjenson. Beautifully illustrated, Salt Glazing is a must for students, professional potters, and collectors of studio ceramics who enjoy the wonderful surface textures this popular medium makes possible.

Salt Glazing

Phil Rogers
Hardcover, 240 pages

 

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