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Mastering Raku: Making Ware * Glazes * Building Kilns * Firing

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From firing to finishing, this is the definitive reference on raku. Ceramists will be informed and inspired by this newly updated, technique-based book with how-to photos and text. It covers such topics as types of clay, forming techniques, firing, glazes, decoration, and kilns and kiln construction. Mastering Raku also includes a gallery of works from around the world along with updated clay and glaze recipes.

 

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Overview

From firing to finishing, this is the definitive reference on raku. Ceramists will be informed and inspired by this newly updated, technique-based book with how-to photos and text. It covers such topics as types of clay, forming techniques, firing, glazes, decoration, and kilns and kiln construction. Mastering Raku also includes a gallery of works from around the world along with updated clay and glaze recipes.

 

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Library Journal
Raku and wheel throwing are basic pottery techniques covered in many books. Branfman (Raku: A Practical Approach) provides up-to-date information on this low-fire technique with new glaze recipes and hands-on suggestions for kiln building and firing. Artist and teacher Reason shows throwing on the potter's wheel in great detail through photos and practice exercises. Although these aren't essential purchases, Branfman's materials and techniques support the recent evolution in raku away from the traditional Japanese fire-in-the-pit method, and Reason's well-illustrated and attractive book may be more accessible for beginners than some of the older books libraries hold.
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"Mastering Raku is a hands-on, technique-based guide to making the type of ceramic ware that has come to be known as raku in the West. ... The (first) few chapters of the book guide those who are new to raku through the process. ... For readers with some experience in basic raku firing, Branfman offers chapters on advanced firing techniques, related techniques for use with raku (including slip resist and horsehair raku), and teaching raku in school, workshop, and group firing situations. Where appropriate, these chapters also have photographs that help explain the step-by-step processes. Over 50 artists' works are featured in the book ... a gallery of contemporary raku-fired work by different artists working in both sculptural and vessel oriented traditions is included at the end of the book, while numerous images of both contemporary and historical work can be found in each chapter. There are appendices with clay and glaze recipes, including simple frit and colorant oxide combinations for fuming and a variety of slip recipes for use with naked raku techniques." - Ceramics Monthly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454703679
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: A Lark Ceramics Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 334,786
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Branfman enjoys an international reputation as a potter, writer, teacher, and businessman. In 1977 he founded The Potters Shop and School, which has become a nationally known school, gallery, bookstore, and artist’s workspace. He is the author of Raku: A Practical Approach and The Potter’s Professional Handbook, and writes frequently for craft and pottery magazines.

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