The Art of Throwing

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New in paperback, this manual is aimed at both potters and pottery enthusiasts, explaining not only how clay pots are made, but why they are made and the factors that influence the way they look
 
Throwing is more than a technique: in order for thrown pots to have meaning, it is vital that the integral role played by materials, process, context, and precedent is considered. This book places the practical nature of throwing ...

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Overview

New in paperback, this manual is aimed at both potters and pottery enthusiasts, explaining not only how clay pots are made, but why they are made and the factors that influence the way they look
 
Throwing is more than a technique: in order for thrown pots to have meaning, it is vital that the integral role played by materials, process, context, and precedent is considered. This book places the practical nature of throwing pots into a wider perspective, beginning with a look at some historical examples that provide an inspiring background to the study. It then analyzes throwing as a form of expression, exploring ideas and the way artists develop them. The core of the book examines the processes, including clay preparation, beginning throwing, and developing skills. Step-by-step color photos follow the throwing of various pot types and capture delicate methods, such as the pulling of a handle. Lavish photos of finished work and interviews with leading potters then demonstrate the diverse ways in which throwing is used and the opportunities it presents. Learning the potter's language of expression is a lifetime’s work: this book provides a place to begin.

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Throwing, the art of making pots on a potter's wheel, is a basic skill necessary for the creation of functional pottery. In this well-illustrated guide for studio potters, British teacher and ceramics artist McErlain demonstrates the techniques of throwing practical forms such as jugs and teapots through step-by-step color photographs. He draws on the work of past and contemporary potters for examples of good wheel-thrown pieces. This is an excellent manual for potters at any level and belongs in academic as well as public library arts and crafts collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847972163
  • Publisher: Crowood Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex McErlain teaches three-dimensional design at an art college. He continues to practice as a studio potter and has exhibited his own work widely, as well as curating exhibitions of studio ceramics.

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