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Clay & Cuisine

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Handmade pots and home-cooked meals go hand in hand and it is not surprising that many potters also happen to be foodies. So we decided to put together another book that combines food and pots, a follow up to Sumi von Dassow’s popular book In the Potters Kitchen. Clay & Cuisine brings together handmade pots with home-cooked meals to satisfy both passions.

Select Series: Jars, Vases, Boxes, & Baskets

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Handmade pots find homes in various places around the house. From the vase in the living room that holds fresh-cut garden blooms, to canisters in the pantry, to the cookie jar on the kitchen counter, to the whiskey bottle or flask in the liquor cabinet, they add a personal touch to our environment. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series—which focuses on a group of related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms—this book showcases lidded pots used for storing and serving food, displaying flowers or fruit, and keeping clutter artfully contained.

Select Series: Kitchen Pots, Bakers, & Serving Vessels

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Every potter has certain common forms in their repertoire – think bowls and mugs. But the kitchen is home to various less-common pots - from muffin pans and juicers, to batter bowls and salt shakers – that are great fun for the potter to investigate. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, this book showcases pots used for prepping, cooking, and presenting food. Each edition of the Ceramic Arts Select Series focuses on a group of related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.

Select Series: Pitchers, Teapots, Cups & Mugs

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Pouring and drinking vessels are some of the most commonly used items in any home. As such, they need to function well, be ready to work overtime, and be engaging objects to interact with. These parameters provide a creative challenge for the potter. This book is part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, which focuses on groups of related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.

Select Series: Plates, Platters, & Bowls

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From a large platter intended to be hung on a wall to a small treat bowl, and everything in between, there is no end to the creative expression possible with plates, platters, and bowls. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, this book is a testament to that variety. Each edition of the Ceramic Arts Select Series focuses on specific related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.

Select Series

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Collect all four and save! Introducing the Ceramic Arts Select Series! Each edition of the Ceramic Arts Select Series focuses on specific related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms. Filled with in-depth instruction, this series covers just about every form you could imagine in some of the most interesting and inspiring ways imaginable.

Clay: A Studio Handbook

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Originally published in 2001, Vince Pitelka’s Clay: A Studio Handbook has been an essential, all-inclusive studio text for students, studio artists, educators and all those interested in the art of clay for years. Now it is back fully updated, expanded, and better than ever with beautiful color images! Clay: A Studio Handbook addresses the full range of ceramic processes, and brings a lifetime of ceramic knowledge directly into the hands of potters. A thorough table of contents, glossary of ceramic terms and raw materials, and index make finding answers quick and convenient.

Electric Studio: Making & Firing

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The relatively inexpensive electric kiln is probably the single most important reason that ceramics has become so popular today. With many improvements over the years, electric kilns are now safer, more efficient, and easier to use than ever before. Every major manufacturer has better controls, more insulation, and creative design features that make it possible for almost anyone to load and fire their work successfully with little effort.

Low-Fire Glazes and Special Projects

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These days, a great number of creative and talented ceramic artists are pushing the limits of what is possible at the lower temperature ranges. They have tested extensively to find the right fluxes to get just the right effect; they have developed techniques for applying layers of surface to achieve depth and complexity. And the result is a growing popularity of low-fire ceramics.

High-Fire Glazes

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Whether you fire in oxidation, reduction, or neutral—with gas, electricity, or wood—High Fire Glazes delivers an enormous array of surface possibilities. The recipes in this book have been used and tested by more professional artists, over a longer period of time, than those at other temperature ranges. It’s not a matter of status or comparative desirability, but a factor of the reality that the history of studio ceramics in the United States was built largely at high temperatures. And you are the beneficiary of the reliability that comes from such thorough and wide-ranged testing.

Sculpture Techniques

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Clay is the most versatile sculpture material around. It’s easy to use, readily available, inexpensive, and perfect for creating works of almost any size or shape. For thousands of years, artists have used clay to stir their imagination and give shape to their ideas.

Ceramics Monthly Guide to Materials & Glazes

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Since it was first published in 1953, a primary goal of Ceramics Monthly magazine has been to illustrate and explain the technical aspects of ceramic art so that an individual in a studio has a high chance for success. This book has been compiled from years of technical explanation and reference material from Ceramics Monthly, and will help you interpret results in your own studio, assess recipes from others for possible use, and pursue new ideas with knowledge and confidence.

Throwing Techniques

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Throwing Techniques is a collection of more than thirty carefully selected projects from more than two dozen talented ceramic artists. Get your creativity flowing as you discover the secrets to making a variety of lidded, closed, and spouted forms; constructing large pieces; altering thrown shapes; and much more. Through the use of hundreds of step-by-step how-to images, master potters share their expertise so you can expand your skills and get the most out of throwing.

Handbuilding Techniques

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If you enjoy handbuilding, then Handbuilding Techniques is one book you’ll definitely want in your collection. This Ceramic Arts Handbook brings together the most creative techniques, tips, and projects from dozens of experts published in Pottery Making Illustrated and Ceramics Monthly. Illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step images, Handbuilding Techniques gives you all the how-to information you need to explore new methods and expand your skills. Written for intermediate to advanced potters, this book promises to move you into an exciting world of inspired creativity.

Image & Design Transfer Techniques

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For many years, ceramic artists have used printmaking, drawing and photography to enhance the surfaces of their work. Using underglazes, slips, and glazes it’s entirely possible to take advantage many 2-D mediums to decorate both functional and sculptural work. Image & Design Transfer Techniques covers more than thirty techniques that can be used on greenware, bisqueware, and glazeware. You’ll discover ways to create and transfer images and designs using appliqué and paper transfers, decals, stencils, silkscreening, etching, stamping, embossing, and more.

Electric Kiln Ceramics, 4th Edition

from $49.97

The electric kiln has helped to open the doors of the ceramic world to more and more people due to its convenience, ease of use, and economical benefits, and this new edition of Electric Kiln Ceramics is a must-read for anyone firing electric kilns. With the wealth of information on making work, decorating work, glazing work, and firing work, this book is not just a manual for the kiln itself, but for the whole studio as well.

Cone 5–6 Glazes

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The first printing of Cone 5-6 Glazes: Materials & Recipes sold out quickly, but we’re happy to announce that it is back in print in a beautiful new format. This best seller brings together some of the top glaze experts in ceramics to provide you with all the information you need to create successful glazes for your pots. You know that spending hours constructing a piece doesn’t make it great, the glaze has to work as well. With Cone 5-6 Glazes, you’ll find almost 200 recipes and great insights as to how different raw materials work to provide the results you want (and maybe some you didn’t expect!).

Glazing Techniques

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In Glazing Techniques you’ll discover how dozens of talented artists approach glazing using a variety of techniques, materials and firing ranges to achieve stunning surfaces that are sure to inspire your work. This book provides step-by-step details on materials, preparing your work, resists, layering, lusters, underglazes, majolica, china paint, stencils, spraying, pouring, and more. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, this book gives you the expert information and instructions you need to apply stunning glazed surfaces you for as long as you enjoy clay.

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