Mastering the Potter's Wheel

Take your skills—and your work—to the next level. Mastering the Potter's Wheel starts with an introduction to wheel-throwing, from centering to creating the basic forms, but what pushes this book beyond the competition, are the techniques ... (Scroll down for more!)


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Hardcover | 208 Pages
Order code B203 | ISBN 978-0-76034-975-5

… offered in the chapters that follow. From a variety of methods for throwing large objects such as pitchers and platters, to alterations, darting, and paddling, this book offers potters a world of possibilities. The Skill Building assignments peppered throughout the book give it the structure of a class, and help you to build on the techniques you learn as you progress through the text.

“If I had a book like Mastering the Potter’s Wheel when I was a student, I might have had a shot at becoming a passable potter rather than a curator and writer.” – Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

You’ll learn how to:

  • Start off strong with the fundamentals of centering and throwing basic forms!
  • Troubleshoot common problems and nip them in the bud!
  • Use principles of ceramic design that will help you make better pots!
  • Throw in sections to go large and vertical!
  • Challenge yourself with Ben’s Skill Building assignments!
  • Decorate at the greenware stage to make your pots stand out!
  • And so much more!

With galleries featuring today’s top working artists, including: Kyle Carpenter, Sam Chung, Chandra DeBuse, Julia Galloway, Martha Grover, Ayumie Horie, Forrest Lesch-Middleton, Kristen Kieffer, Kathy King, Matt Long, Alex Matisse, Lorna Meaden, Doug Peltzman, Mackenzie Smith, Shawn Spangler, Linda Arbuckle, and many more. You’ll also find page after page of inspiration.

About the author

Ben Carter is a studio potter and workshop instructor based in Santa Cruz, California. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, North Carolina, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado, and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. From 2010–2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, China, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand and exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows, including the Australian Ceramic Triannale Exhibition, Shanghai University International Residency Exhibition, and Mastery in Clay at The Clay Studio. Ben’s work has been featured in the Australian Journal of Ceramics and Pottery Making Illustrated. Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated named him Ceramic Arts 2016 Yearbook Artist of the Year.

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