The Craft and Art of Clay / Edition 2

The Craft and Art of Clay / Edition 2

by Susan Peterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0133744639

ISBN-13: 9780133744637

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference

Susan Peterson's The Craft and Art of Clay has long set the standard for both instructional and inspirational books in the area of ceramics. This new edition of her book has been redesigned and is even more comprehensive, with more pages, more illustrations, more color, and new information on practical and artistic topics. It combines a clear step-by-step guide to…  See more details below

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Susan Peterson's The Craft and Art of Clay has long set the standard for both instructional and inspirational books in the area of ceramics. This new edition of her book has been redesigned and is even more comprehensive, with more pages, more illustrations, more color, and new information on practical and artistic topics. It combines a clear step-by-step guide to acquiring practical skills with an appreciation of the unique artistic potential of working in clay, with more and larger color illustrations for key processes.

The author clearly explains each technical term and process, and covers the whole range of hand, wheel and plasterwork techniques. She has added an important new section on marketing ceramics as well as updating and increasing the information on the use of computers, Also new to this edition are safety icons to warn beginners where they need to protect themselves from fumes, heat, or corrosive materials. The Portfolio section has been completely updated to reflect the work of new international ceramists.

The color charts of clay and glaze combinations, the extensive chart of frits-plus-stains along with the necessary technical information are invaluable to all ceramists. A concise history of ceramics linking past techniques and traditions with contemporary work along with the compilation of information sources and museums, make this a book that both instructs and inspires. The Craft and Art of Clay is, more than ever, the essential one-stop source for beginning and advanced ceramists alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780133744637
Publisher:
Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 11.13(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Preface8
1The Craft and Art of Clay11
Safety Issues20
2Fabrication Methods23
Introduction23
Handbuilding26
Clayworking tools30
Spiral wedging31
Pinching a vessel32
Coil building: smooth surface33
Coil building: textured surface34
Coil and pinch sculpture35
Handbuilding with porcelain36
Slab building37
Large slab constructions38
Handbuilding in or over forms40
Figures41
Mechanical methods of forming44
Making walls45
Walls47
John Mason's handbuilt sculpture48
Wheel-Throwing50
Throwing on the wheel53
Throwing faults and remedies54
Centering55
Opening the ball56
Pulling up57
Throwing a bowl58
Shinsaku Hamada's large bowl59
Toshiko Takaezu's balloon-form60
Throwing a pitcher61
Bowl forms62
Pitcher and bottle forms63
Throwing a bottle64
Methods of footing pots65
Pulling and attaching handles66
Thrown and cut handles67
Flat lids for flanged pots68
Lidded pot forms69
Dome lids for flanged pots70
Flanged lids: domed and flat71
Casserole dish with inside flange72
Casserole trimming and lid making73
Thrown casserole knob74
Platter throwing75
Platter and plate trimming76
Platter forms77
Teapot forms78
Teapot throwing, lid and spout79
Susan Peterson's wheel-thrown forms81
Donut throwing and trimming82
Off-the-hump throwing83
Pedestal vessels84
Throwing large vessels85
Thrown and hand construction86
Thrown slab constructions87
Peter Voulkos' altered wheel forms88
Plasterwork89
Preparing plaster91
Making a one-piece mold92
Making a two-piece mold93
Two-piece mold with handle94
Slip casting and press molding95
Multipiece molds96
Wheelheads and complicated molds97
Inventing with molds98
A ceramic installation99
3Design, Decoration, and Glazing101
Design: From Idea to Art101
An exercise in how to see104
Experimenting with design105
Design ideas from nature106
Decoration108
Decorating with clay109
Pre-patterned decoration110
Creating line in three dimensions111
Texturing clay112
Prints from clay113
Glazing114
Weighing and mixing a glaze116
How to glaze117
Decorating over and under glaze118
Decorating with glaze119
Glaze application120
Decorative techniques with glazes122
Surface details123
The Japanese way124
Photo-emulsion and decals125
4Clays127
Science and ceramic art127
Geological types of natural clays129
Commercial clays after firing132
Test results of commercial clays133
Classifying fired clay wares134
What is a clay body?137
Testing materials138
Composing a good clay body140
Talc body142
Additions to the clay-body batch144
Preparing the clay for work146
Making casting slip147
Historical clay bodies148
Unusual clay bodies152
5Glazes155
Origins of glazes155
Feldspars: clay and glaze fluxes156
Developing glazes157
Fine examples of glazes158
Visual samples: 34 glaze materials, alone and in 50/50 blends160
Reading the test photographs164
50/50 blends of 34 glaze materials, cone 5 oxidation166
50/50 blends of 34 glaze materials, cone 10 reduction168
Compounding a complete glaze170
Composite glaze fluxes170
Organic materials for glazes172
Fusion buttons of frits173
Garbage glazes174
Colors175
Ceramic coloring implements179
Stains for coloring implements180
Color blends181
Ferro frits-plus-stains--low-fire186
Frits-plus-stains--high-fire188
Changing glazes190
Low-fire treatments192
MayCo "one-strokes" (stains)194
MayCo "underglazes" (engobes)195
MayCo "art glazes"196
MayCo "special glazes"197
Lusters for reduction firing198
China paint process198
Making your own lusters199
Working with gold201
Drawing a grid pattern202
Glaze faults203
6Firing the Ware and Marketing205
Temperature206
Atmosphere210
Kilns211
Placing kilns215
Kiln materials215
Stacking kilns217
Firing219
Principles of kiln firing220
"Rebirth through clay"222
Special firing techniques223
Firing faults225
Fired in place sculpture234
Patinas developed in firing235
Potters who also work in glass236
Dinnerware238
Marketing240
7Highpoints in Ceramic History243
Historical Overview245
Influences in our time259
Site-specific installations264
Tile269
Narrative270
Mixed media273
Kaneko's Fremont project276
Ancient Traditions277
Bridging two worlds282
Golden Bridge Pottery283
8Portfolio285
9Compendium331
Glaze Oxides332
Chemical Compositions337
Calculating glaze by formula339
Data and Conversions346
Feldspars, frits, and clays346
Temperatures and cones354
Conversion charts360
Computer programs361
Virtual computer363
Artists' Techniques365
List of Artists376
Museum Collections379
Glossary395
Annotated Bibliography402
General books on ceramics402
Ceramic history404
Technical books407
Ceramics Magazines408
Residencies408
Acknowledgements409
Index410

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