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Slab and Coil Building with Gail Kendall

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In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Gail Kendall  presents her “low-tech” techniques for fabricating beautiful plates, platters, bowls, and tureens using bisque molds, soft slabs, and coils. Starting with the basics, Gail explains how to make structurally sound coil-built molds, and then uses those molds to make a variety of forms. In addition, she demonstrates her sgraffito techniques on soft slip, as well as her glazing process.

Additions to Clay Bodies

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This book is an introduction to the use of additions in clay bodies, from hard materials like stones and glass to combustible matter, fiber, metals and color. It looks at the work of a range of contemporary international makers who are using additions to create remarkable new forms and textures in ceramic work. With an emphasis on creativity and experimentation, ceramicist Kathleen Standen reveals a range of possible effects, and profiles the extraordinary work of contemporary makers using additions in their practice.

Ceramic Transfer Printing

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Ceramic transfer (or decal) printing, provides an exciting creative potential for any ceramic artist. With the up-to-date techniques detailed here, you can transfer pictures, patterns or text onto both two- and three-dimensional forms. Most importantly, printing on ceramics achieves distinct aesthetic effects not possible using any other decorating techniques. Transfers, or decals, have great potential as a means of creative expression. Printmaking allows reproduction of both photographic and ‘hand drawn’ imagery, pattern and text onto the surface of two and three-dimensional ceramic objects.

Ceramics and the Human Figure

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The human figure has been represented in clay throughout history and continues to evolve today. Artists are working with the figure in new ways, playing with materials and forms, and making use of new technologies to produce challenging and unconventional work, from the intact whole figure to the fragmented, hybrid and abstract. Divided by broad themes, each chapter features a variety of different expressive works from a range of international ceramic artists. This book explores the role of figurative ceramics through history and in contemporary contexts, and also reveals the methods of six key contemporary artists, using how-to images to illustrate their techniques.

Ceramics in the Environment

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In Ceramics in the Environment, world renowned ceramic artist Janet Mansfield shows how ornamental, architectural and large-scale ceramic works have always appeared on buildings and in the landscape since the beginning of ceramics in civilization. This book looks at the vast array of ceramics being produced today around the world in this context; and divides work up into themes such as Symbolism, Pattern and Geometry, Architecture, Nature and the Human Figure, with a focus on the aesthetics and relevance of work in relation to its location.

Colour in Glazes

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A complete guide to getting a fantastic spectrum of colorful glazes, Linda Bloomfield looks at a full range of materials and options for creating colors in glazes. This book is illustrated with finished work as well as an extensive collection of sample test tiles to illustrate the variety of colors possible from metal oxides in ceramics. The practical aspects of mixing, applying, testing and adjusting glazes are also explained, while a large selection of glaze recipes are included for use on earthenware, stoneware and porcelain fired in electric, gas and salt kilns. A very useful book aimed at making glazes that achieve the colors you want, and to help you broaden your palette.

Contemporary Tableware

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Tableware has occupied a special place in our kitchens and dining rooms for thousands of years, and continues to enchant us today. Ranging from the purely functional to the fine and delicate, the evolution of domestic pots tells us much about our changing tastes and habits, and the wider art and cultural movements that have influenced their decoration and forms.

Developing Glazes

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Developing your own glazes can be tricky because success depends on so many factors. In Developing Glazes, Australian ceramic artist Greg Daly aims to demystify the whole glaze development process with practical advice and complete, step-by-step instructions. A practical glaze book for clay lovers at any skill level, it’s the perfect addition to any ceramics library.

From a Slab of Clay

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Working with clay slabs offers more opportunities than any other forming process. From small dishes and plates to architectural installments, slabs can be used to create any form, any size. When Daryl E. Baird took notice of all the work being done with this technique, he decided to explore it in depth then open the doors for others to enjoy. In From a Slab of Clay you’ll learn about what it takes to start out on a journey that’s sure to last a lifetime. From setting up a proper working space to selecting the right tools and equipment—including complete instructions for building your own slab roller—Daryl doesn’t miss any details for you to consider to assure your success.

From Mud to Music

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Explore the rich culture of ceramic musical instruments and the wide variety of instruments being made today. Barry Hall discusses the history of clay instruments; clay instrument types, including percussive, wind, string and hybrids; technology issues dealing with clay as a medium for instruments; and five step-by-step projects for making selected instruments. In addition to examples throughout, Hall includes a gallery of profiles of contemporary artists and their work along with an audio CD with 43 musical examples of instruments played by their creators.

In the Potter’s Kitchen

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Do you even know any potters who don’t cook? Wouldn’t it be great if there were a pottery design, technique, and glaze recipe book put together with a food recipe book? Well now there is, and it comes from the extensive research and passion of veteran author Sumi von Dassow. Each chapter includes an overview of the type of ware being discussed, design considerations, projects for making pots, and of course, recipes to cook in them! Besides her own explorations in the studio and kitchen, she’s reached out to potters who share her passion of food and clay to make this book a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Masters: Earthenware

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As the world’s oldest clay body, earthenware is anything but outdated. On the contrary, after flipping through the pages of Masters: Earthenware, you’ll see it has never been more cutting edge. Curated by the late Matthias Ostermann and edited by Ray Hemachandra, this beautifully illustrated book reveals the tremendous imagination, innovation, and technical facility that today’s artists bring to this versatile clay body.

Masters: Porcelain

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Pure white and wonderfully delicate, porcelain is a gorgeous and notoriously challenging clay body. In Masters: Porcelain, you’ll see the incredible work of 40 artists who have mastered the material. Curated by Richard Burkett, this collection expands and challenges traditional perceptions of what the medium can—and should—do. The work shown here represents the great diversity in practice—both technical and aesthetic—that porcelain affords the ceramists who mine its tremendous potential.

Naked Raku and Related Bare Clay Techniques

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This definitive book on naked raku results from years of studio work, workshop presentations, conversations, and research. Guided by Eduardo Lazo’s expertise, contributors Kate and Will Jacobson, Wally Asselberghs, Linda and Charlie Riggs, Amber Aguirre, and Dana Bilello-Barrow each describe their personal working techniques for working on the bare clay surface. These skilled and passionate teachers withhold no secrets and reveal information gathered from years of trial-and-error experimentation. The book includes virtually every aspect of naked raku as well as bare clay techniques that include masking, pit firing and fuming.

Sculpting and Handbuilding

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Handbuilding with clay offers a unique opportunity to experiment, requires few tools, and allows your intuition and imagination to come to the fore. In this overview of the most popular of ceramic forming methods, artist Claire Loder explains the time-honored methods of handbuilding, as well as introducing a fascinating array of new approaches of contemporary ceramicists.

Soda, Clay and Fire

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Soda glazing is a relatively new development in ceramic history, with exciting scope for research and experimentation. It’s a more popular ceramic practice, particularly in the U.S., where it’s widely taught in college ceramics departments and workshops, and has attracted a high number of professional practitioners.

Sustainable Ceramics

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More and more, artists are interested in producing work that’s not only beautifully designed and produced, but also environmentally friendly and socially responsible. In Sustainable Ceramics, pioneer Robert Harrison draws on more than forty years of working in clay to present practical possibilities for ceramic artists. This book covers all the factors to consider when going ‘green’, from fuels and alternative firing technology to energy-saving methods, sustainable ways to collect and use clay itself, and ways to deal with waste materials and save water. Harrison suggests simple and achievable methods by which to reduce the carbon footprint of ceramic art, and offers examples throughout of potters and clay artists who reclaim, reuse and recycle in their work. Sustainable Ceramics is an essential resource for any ceramicist, studio or school wishing to reduce the impact of their practice on the environment.

The Extruder Book: 2nd Edition

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This extensive how-to book puts you in touch with all the creative potential of the extruder. With more than 50% new material, this book features new works by artists, up-to-date information on extruders, and sixteen great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their studio.

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