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Pottery Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Start Making Beautiful Ceramics
     

Pottery Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Start Making Beautiful Ceramics

by Jacqui Atkin
 

Working with clay is a deeply satisfying creative hobby, but many would-be potters are put off because they don't know how to get started. Pottery Basics shows the way. With instructive, clearly captioned, step-by-step photos on every page, it teaches everything they need to know to start making, decorating, and firing pottery. It also presents twelve simple

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Working with clay is a deeply satisfying creative hobby, but many would-be potters are put off because they don't know how to get started. Pottery Basics shows the way. With instructive, clearly captioned, step-by-step photos on every page, it teaches everything they need to know to start making, decorating, and firing pottery. It also presents twelve simple projects that encourage beginning potters to put their new skills into practice. Expert potter Jacqui Atkin instructs on:

  • Types of clay
  • Basic modeling methods such as throwing, pinching, coiling, and trimming
  • Techniques for bisque and glaze firing, and much more

    Beginners learn to make vases, trays, tiles, and many other attractive objects. They also learn techniques for creating designs, color combinations, and textures with inlays, slips, feathering, and burnishing. Separate sections instruct on clay preparation, on using a potter's wheel, and on firing in the kiln. Hundreds of instructive and inspiring color photos.

  • Editorial Reviews

    Library Journal
    Atkin has already taught us how to make remarkably sophisticated pottery without a potter's wheel in her Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed. Here she offers the best brief introduction to all facets of ceramic art. After covering tools, clays, basic skills, decorating, kilns, firing, and safety, Atkin explores pinching and modeling, coiling, slabs, the art of throwing, and use of a press mold. The step-by-step photographs on virtually every page are creative, colorful, and inspiring. Highly recommended for all libraries. For advanced students, see Vince Pitelka's comprehensive Clay: A Studio Handbook. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764158421
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    08/28/2005
    Pages:
    128
    Product dimensions:
    8.78(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.63(d)

    Meet the Author


    Jacqui Atkin is a practicing ceramicist and has taught pottery in colleges and occupational therapy classes for several years. She now runs private courses in low-fire pottery techniques, including smoke-firing and Raku. She has contributed to several books as a project maker and gallery artist, and wrote the best-selling Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed. Jacqui lives in Shropshire, England.

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