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A classic guide to using the pottery wheel--back in print at last!
• Step-by-steps plus 270 close-up photographs
• Not only how to do each technique, but why it works
• Great for potters at every level, from beginner to advanced Take the mystery out of throwing clay! Now beginning and advanced potters can learn throwing techniques to create perfectly symmetrical basic forms. This classic book, ...
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Overview


A classic guide to using the pottery wheel--back in print at last!
• Step-by-steps plus 270 close-up photographs
• Not only how to do each technique, but why it works
• Great for potters at every level, from beginner to advanced Take the mystery out of throwing clay! Now beginning and advanced potters can learn throwing techniques to create perfectly symmetrical basic forms. This classic book, out of print for many years, is frequently cited as the definitive book on using the wheel. This exciting new edition shows why it has remained a favorite. Step-by-step instructions plus more than 270 black-and-white photographs clearly illustrate how to throw cylindrical and open shapes as well as explaining advanced throwing for teapots, pitchers, and more. With techniques and tools from basic to esoteric, plus appendices on clays, glazes, kilns, and firing, and a glossary of terms, Pottery on the Wheel is the essential guide for any potter with a desire to learn and to develop a signature style.
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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: 9781581155020
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elsbeth S. Woody, a master potter, has showed her work in many solo and group exhibitions, including the Museum of Art in Los Angeles. She lives in South Africa.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    Every Potter should have this book

    The text instructions are clear and understandable and the pictures plentiful to further explain the concepts. After only one day using Elsbeth Woody's throwing method I was able to double the amount of clay I could throw and the results were better than anything I previously produced. Her method is nothing like I have been taught in school and yet it is so much easier and the results are outstanding.

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