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Donna Kato's books are consistently excellent and this is my favorite. It is great for a beginner or intermediate clay artist and will remain an inspiration for the advanced practitioner too.
The book starts with basic information found in many polymer clay books, but the writing is especially well organized and focused. Ms. Kato writes about techniques found in other books, but with a different slant and far more detail. Her writing is easy to read but never condescending. Her projects are all created with Kato Polyclay and therefor most directions are for that brand, but she carefully keeps the reader aware of other brands and how they differ for creating, curing, and finishing projects. As in her other books, this one presents the most current technical developments (at the time of writing) in polymer clay which is very helpful.
After the introductory sections, the book gets down to specific surface techniques. Image transfers (hers are simple and glorious), texturing, paints, inks, powders, special effects, and creating molds for surface decoration are included. Her instructions are extraordinarily specific and CLEAR! This is one of Ms. Kato's strengths. What helps make this book so special is that the steps of all of her processes have MANY very detailed and beautiful photographs. Her own work style is lovely and a pleasure to view. It has an elegance and sophistication not always seen in other polymer clay books. I can never seem to see enough. The book also includes artists' contacts and resources for materials. includes some delightful work by other artists too.
She is always gracious about crediting other artists for their techniques and for their contributions to her books.
And OH- those GLORIOUS photographs. Vernon Ezell's work is fabulous! This book is worth having just to savor the exciting and truly superb (some very close up) photography. The "Feat of Clay" exhibit pieces by many major artists are a true treat!!
This is my favorite "Go Back To" polymer clay book- both for inspiration, project eye candy, and process details. It is well worth having as part of your polymer clay library. Do check out Donna Kato's other books too. Her MILLEFIORE TECHNIQUES is another treat (but wouldn't ahow up on the "Favorites" below). They keep getting better. I'm hooked!
Posted February 26, 2011
This book is a must-have for every polyclay artist's library! While many other books simply teach readers to replicate a project, this book teaches the techniques used in the project. It provides a few projects as examples of ways to use said techniques, but they are just that: examples. The skills are varied, including mica shifts, image transfers, faux-enameling, etc.
Donna Kato is a polyclay expert, and an excellent teacher to boot. This book is an excellent resource for ambitious and confident beginners AND advanced artists.