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Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed

Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed

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by Jacqui Atkin
     
 

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The brand-new edition of this very popular how-to book for potters is bigger and better than ever. It has gone up in page count from the first edition to accommodate additional projects with instructions for making them, and also features an expanded gallery of handsome color photos showing examples of finished pieces. Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed

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The brand-new edition of this very popular how-to book for potters is bigger and better than ever. It has gone up in page count from the first edition to accommodate additional projects with instructions for making them, and also features an expanded gallery of handsome color photos showing examples of finished pieces. Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed focuses on projects that produce good-looking and useful finished objects but don't require use of a potter's wheel. Author and expert potter Jacqui Atkin instructs in coil, slab, mold, and pinch techniques to produce pots, bowls, vases, tiles, and other decorative pieces. She also lists basic tools the potter will need, instructs on mixing and preparing clay, and advises on use of coloring agents. Step-by-step color photos with detailed captions guide handcrafters through each project from start to finish. Many photos are of the cutaway type to show correct hand positions for controlling the clay, both inside and outside the form. Here's the book that takes the mystery out of hand-building in clay, demonstrating each step in the pottery-making process. Hundreds of color photos.

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"â?¦A well-designed and dazzling directory of artists' works, with exhibits alone worth the book's price. â?¦ Pottery was never so alluring."
--Blooklist
Library Journal
This is a fun, innovative, but incomplete book on the art of handbuilding pottery. An experienced teacher and writer, Atkin begins with information about the tools for handbuilding and about clays-their types, preparation, and handling. The body of the book covers the basic methods of coiling, pinching, slabbing, and making and using molds. Unique cutaway photographs show the position of the hands on both the inside and the outside of a piece. Projects include coiled baskets, garden sculpture, modeled birds, porcelain boxes, laminated dishes, and low-relief tiles. The book's aim is "to provide the potter with all the necessary technical information to complete the projects demonstrated"; however, Atkin neglects to offer any but the sketchiest information about the critical process of firing. A good book on the subject, but it needs to be used in combination with titles like Jo Connell's The Potter's Guide to Ceramic Surfaces. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438001999
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
231,055
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author


Jacqui Atkin exhibits her works in galleries throughout Britain. She has taught ceramics in colleges and as occupational therapy in hospitals, and now gives private courses in low-fire techniques. She lives in Shropshire, England.

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Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Makkato More than 1 year ago
This was a helpful primer for a beginning student. My instructor, although probably very capable, was nor capable at teaching what she know. Thus book helped fill inthe blanks as to what she was not explaining.
RoseElizabethWeaver More than 1 year ago
There are lots of pottery books on the market, and this is one of the better ones. It is packed with illustrations that show how to complete the projects step-by-step, and it is very informative for the beginner. All of the basic handbuilding techniques are covered with a couple of porcelain examples for those who are interested. The price is a little steep ($24.99), but that's what you pay for full color glossy illustrations. The book begins with a BRIEF overview of tools, clay, coloring clay, and kneading for preparation. Chapter One is all about coiling: rounded coils, flattened coils, making a coiled bowl, dish, basket, surface decoration, and garden sculpture. Chapter Two goes into pinching: simple forms, joining two pinched bowls, modeling a clay pod and bird, and a pinched bowl set. Chapter Three is on slabbing: using firm slabs to make a lidded box, building a vessel with soft slabs, a window box, porcelain boxes, and a butter dish. Chapter Four is on molding: press molds, low relief tiles, two-part molds, slip casting, sprig molds, making a dish with sprig decoration, a simple agate bowl, a laminated porcelain dish, and a double-walled bowl. The cutaway photos are really nice to see what's happening with wall thickness and to get a better perspective of three-dimensional pieces in a two-dimensional format. I also like the "Tips for Success" side bars that give you pointers about that particular process that aren't part of the actual directions. At the beginning of each section they have line drawings of variations in design for each project, and at the end they show not only the piece being made but also the finished fired and glazed product. They indicate how it was glazed and fired but offer no glaze recipies or firing directions since that's outside the scope of this book. One complaint I have is with the perfection of the illustrations. Do these people never get dirty? Are my attempts at this project supposed to be this perfect? I have a hard time believing that I can ever make a coil pot with walls as perfect as are in this book. But perhaps I just need to practice more... In all, this is a book worth having. The 160 pages are well bound in a soft cover and even though I'm not a recipe following person I've tried several portions of these projects with varying success. As I continue to make pottery my skills will hopefully improve to where my things look more like the pictures in the book. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has a good deal of great information; however, it is difficult to read via my nook color and I can not access it from my computer using the nook application. Buy the printed version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very frustrating......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barnes and Noble did not send this member the book by express mail, as promised for members. It took more than three weeks to arrive. The book is good; Barnes and Noble delivery system is very poor.
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