Potter's Studio Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics

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Like blacksmithing or hobby farming, pottery-making appeals to individuals who like to be creative, work with their hands, and donÆt mind getting a little dirty. However, it is a hobby that is largely underserved by the publishing industry, but difficult for someone to learn without a comprehensive guide because the tools and techniques are quite complicated. The PotterÆs Studio Handbook guides readers through the process of setting up their own studio and teaching them how to master the techniques at home. Once...
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Overview


Like blacksmithing or hobby farming, pottery-making appeals to individuals who like to be creative, work with their hands, and donÆt mind getting a little dirty. However, it is a hobby that is largely underserved by the publishing industry, but difficult for someone to learn without a comprehensive guide because the tools and techniques are quite complicated. The PotterÆs Studio Handbook guides readers through the process of setting up their own studio and teaching them how to master the techniques at home. Once techniques are mastered, The PotterÆs Studio Handbook will remain an invaluable resource to the clay artist when looking to create beautiful, yet functional projects, at home with nearly 25 projects that build upon previously learned skills.
  • Teaches the three most popular techniques: wheel throwing, hand building, and slipcasting
  • Teaches readers how to make many functional and beautiful projects at home
  • Step-by-step photos guarantee success
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Müller, Kristin. The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built & Wheel-Thrown Ceramics. Quarry: Quayside. 2007. c.192p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-1-59253-373-2. pap. $24.99. ART INSTRUCTION

Müller, a ceramic artist since 1987 and the education director for Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, offers a splendid book on a timeless art. She guides beginners through advanced students in equipping a ceramic studio, handling the design, preparing the clay, constructing slab projects, throwing on a wheel, glazing, and firing. The 16 clay projects featured here include teapots, vases, and dinner plates. Readers can draw inspiration from the creative painting and underglazing examples, as well as the unusual firing techniques for color and texture. Highly recommended, though professional potters will want advanced works like Irene Poulton’s Fired Up with Raku: Over 300 Recipes. -Library Journal, March 2008

Library Journal

Müller, a ceramic artist since 1987 and the education director for Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, offers a splendid book on a timeless art. She guides beginners through advanced students in equipping a ceramic studio, handling the design, preparing the clay, constructing slab projects, throwing on a wheel, glazing, and firing. The 16 clay projects featured here include teapots, vases, and dinner plates. Readers can draw inspiration from the creative painting and underglazing examples, as well as the unusual firing techniques for color and texture. Highly recommended, though professional potters will want advanced works like Irene Poulton's Fired Up with Raku: Over 300 Recipes.
—Daniel Lombardo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592533732
  • Publisher: Quarry Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: Studio Handbook Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 389,284
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Kristin Muller has been a ceramic artist for twenty years and an arts administrator for ten. Currently the education director for Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, Connecticut, she has been teaching ceramics there for more than thirteen years. She holds a bachelor of science in studio arts with a concentration in ceramics from Southern Connecticut State University. Kristin has attended countless seminars and workshops with leading potters and clay artists and is currently an MFA candidate at Hood College. She has a studio and wood-fired Anagama kiln in eastern Pennsylvania, and she exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Brother Iain Highet     8
Introduction     10
Studio requirements and properties of clay     14
Your studio     16
Workspace Considerations     16
Physical Requirements for Setting up a Studio     16
Planning the Placement of Tools and Equipment     25
Tools and equipment     28
Essential Equipment     28
Tools for Hand Building     32
Tools for Wheel Work     33
Clay     38
Types of Clay     40
Choosing a Clay Supplier     41
States of Clay     42
Conversion of Clay Through Fire     45
Ceramic Temperatures     47
Preliminary clay techniques     50
Managing Clay Consistency     51
Wedging     51
Shrinkage and Drying     54
Keeping the Studio Clean     55
Reclaiming and Recycling Clay     56
Hand building     58
Pinch Pots     58
Stamping Clay     62
Slab Construction     62
Cutting and Joining Slabs     63
Slump and Hump Molds     67
Coil Building     67
Throwing on the potter's wheel     72
Setting Up the Wheel and Stool     74
Potter's Wheel Dynamics     74
Developing Skills Through Repetition     76
Pottery Forms     76
Basic Wheel Techniques     76
Troubleshooting Common Throwing Problems     88
Decorative and finishing techniques     90
Choosing Glazes     90
Glaze Chemistry Made Easy     95
Safety Precautions     98
Mixing Glazes     98
Preparing Ware for Glazing     102
Ceramic kilns and firing work     108
Types of Kiln Firing     108
Pyrometric Cones     114
How to fire an electric kiln     116
Choosing and Preparing Your Electric Kiln     116
Bisque Firing     119
Loading Green Ware for Bisque Firing     120
Loading Glaze Ware for Glaze Firing     122
Keeping a Kiln Log and a Glaze Journal     126
Common Flaws in Glazes     127
Cooling the Kiln     127
Unloading the Kiln     128
A step-by-step guide to hand-building and pottery wheel projects     130
Hand-building projects      132
Slab Plates     134
Whimsical Teapot     136
Coiled and Paddled Jar     139
Beginning wheel projects     142
Faceted Utensil Holder     144
Bottles and Vases     147
Pitchers     149
Batter Bowl with Handle     152
Set of Mugs     154
Throwing Bowl Forms     156
Shaping a Constant Curve and Using a Throwing Rib     158
Principles of Trimming     158
Trimming Multiple Forms     160
Guide to Trimming Clay     160
Intermediate wheel projects     164
Plates and Platters     166
Trimming a Plate     168
Chip and Dip Dish     169
Casserole with Lid and Handles     171
Teapot with Lid, Spout, and Handle     175
Two-Part Vase     180
Sources of Inspiration     183
Conclusion     183
Resources     184
Glossary     186
Index     189
Acknowledgments     191
About the Author     192
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

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    Wonderful book for the beginning or experienced potter

    This book was supposed to just be a guide, somewhat like an encyclopedia, you looked something up when you had a question. When I received this book, I read it cover to cover in a week and it was great! I've learned so much just from reading it, I haven't gotten a chance to try half the stuff that's in there. This is a great book for beginners and experienced potters.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Getting it all together!

    Hi Everyone,
    Another great book on making pottery. This one starts you at the beginning. Setting up shop, what you need, where to put it and so on and so forth. This is another one I bought for my son for Christmas to spark his excitement for making clay pieces. He is a very skilled potter, but never had his own studio. He is in the process of getting it all together and this book will help him a great deal. I'm sure he will have many of his own ideas on how to set things up, but the guide lines are all here. This book, I think is a must have for a beginner potter, and/or someone setting up shop. The illistrations in this book are great. Show many different techniques in building your pieces and how to stack your kiln. I hope you enjoy this book as much as we have been. Thanx, Mars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2009

    Very Informative

    Beautiful photographs, extremely detailed.

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