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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.