Handbuilding Ceramic Forms

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Renowned potters share their personal tips and techniques
• Profiles of ten top ceramicists and their approaches to their work
• Easy-to-follow recipes for clay-body and glaze
• Basic to advanced techniques, all in one book Take a walk on the wild side...work off the wheel! This complete, classic guide for ceramicists details the full range of tools, forming methods, processes, and possibilities for anyone...
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Overview


Renowned potters share their personal tips and techniques
• Profiles of ten top ceramicists and their approaches to their work
• Easy-to-follow recipes for clay-body and glaze
• Basic to advanced techniques, all in one book Take a walk on the wild side...work off the wheel! This complete, classic guide for ceramicists details the full range of tools, forming methods, processes, and possibilities for anyone working without a potter’s wheel. Chapters cover everything from the basics, including common terminology, firing, mixing, reprocessing, and wedging, to advanced techniques such as surface treatments, joining, and creating lidded, composite, and large forms. Close-up profiles of ten top ceramicists, including Susan Wechsler and Paula Winokur, explore their distinctive approaches to handbuilding, complete with tips and how-tos. Clay-body and glaze recipes, plus more than 250 black-and-white illustrations. Let crafters everywhere express themselves fully in clay.
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These two classic pottery guides were originally printed in 1975 and 1978, respectively. Both are products of their time-in other words, they are detailed, illustrated with black-and-white photos, and unafraid to give over a page to unillustrated text, if necessary. Handbuilding Ceramic Forms provides ceramists at every skill level with comprehensive instruction on working with clay without a potter's wheel. Part 1 covers the nature of clay and hand-building tools, mixing, extruding, hollowing out, pinching, molding, forming coils and slabs, firing, glazing, and treating clay surfaces. Part 2 profiles ten professional ceramists and the work they did in the 1970s.

Pottery on the Wheel teaches throwing techniques for cylindrical and open shapes, as well as advanced throwing of such forms as teapots and pitchers. Both volumes include appendixes on glazing and firing, a glossary, and a dated bibliography. Nevertheless, these are useful handbooks. If budgets are tight, a good, modern treatment of both topics in a single brief volume is The Potter's Studio Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built & Wheel Thrown Ceramics.
—Daniel Lombardo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581155037
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elsbeth S. Woody has shown her work in many solo and group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum, Boston City Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, the Bronx Museum, and others. She lives in South Africa.
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