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Throwing & Handbuilding: Forming Techniques

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Throwing and handbuilding are at the core of all studio ceramics techniques. Through skill and imagination, some of the most talented artists and craftsmen can take these basic techniques and produce extremely creative works of art. By learning their techniques, and a little practice, you’ll be able to create unique works of your own.

Advanced Raku Techniques

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A collection of articles and information published in Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated dealing with raku beyond the range of most books on this topic. Written by and about accomplished raku artists and experts, this book explores a wide range of topics including techniques, materials, equipment, tools and recipes, as well as firsthand accounts of personal experiences and exploration. Both inspirational and instructional, this book is a valuable tool for any serious raku artist.

Barrel, Pit and Saggar Firing

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This Ceramics Monthly Handbook reflects the keen interest in pit firing and related techniques. The artists included here were carefully selected to illustrate the wide range of approaches to barrel, pit, and saggar firing. Works ranging from wheel-thrown and coil-built pots to complex sculpture are tied together by a similarity in the firing process. Originally published in 2001, Barrel, Pit, and Saggar Firing is now available as a downloadable PDF. Imagine what ancient practitioners of firing would think of your easy computer access to such a wealth of creative ideas?

Creative Ideas for Clay Artists

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If you’re looking for ideas, here’s the place to start. Anderson Turner searched through more than 10 years of Ceramics Monthly and handpicked some of the most creative artists and techniques he could find. In this Ceramics Monthly Handbook, you’ll discover a wealth of creative ideas expertly portrayed in words and images by more than 20 talented artists.

Exploring Electric Kiln Techniques

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The electric kiln has made the experience of pottery accessible to people from all walks of life. For those who would like to better understand the art and science of pottery, this Ceramics Monthly Handbook, edited by Sumi von Dassow, focuses on the expertise of ceramic artists who have explored the possibilities and potential of electric kilns. These artists share their knowledge on a wide range of topics, including clay bodies, glazes, decorating, form and more.

Glazes: Materials, Recipes and Techniques

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A collection of articles published in Ceramics Monthly dealing with glazes. Written by and about artists and experts, these articles cover a wide range of materials, recipes, and techniques used in the glazing of work by both studio potters and ceramic artists. This book is a great example of how the modern potter uses a combination of trial-and-error discoveries along with information from scientists and engineers in the field to achieve unique effects that are the signature of the current ceramics art movement.

Movers and Shakers in American Ceramics

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This remarkable collection of Ceramics Monthly articles, all written by Elaine Levin, tells the stories of some of the most notable figures of the ceramic art movement in the U.S. Levin relates the struggles and successes of 26 movers and shakers dedicated to unselfishly pushing ceramic art into uncharted territory so others could enjoy and benefit from their efforts. From Binns, Baggs, Robineau and the Wildenhains, through Voulkos and Soldner, the stories in Movers and Shakers in American Ceramics are sure to educate and inspire.

Studio Practices, Techniques and Tips

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In this collection of articles from the Ceramics Monthly archives published from the 1980s to the early 2000s, potters share their knowledge on a full range of topics including designing a studio, making and using tools and equipment, photographing work, marketing and sales, kilns and firing. Woven through the fabric of this book are also the stories of problem solving, insightful solutions, and the individual stories of challenges and successes. Filled with tips, techniques and valuable information for the studio, this book holds something for everyone.

Wood Firing: Journeys and Techniques

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For many potters, wood is more than just a source of heat for a kiln, it’s a process and even a way of life. Wood firing provides a link for ceramic artists to their surroundings and to pottery’s beginnings thousands of years ago. Wood Firing: Journeys and Techniques relates the experiences of individual potters who have sought to reconnect with a basic technology in our hi-tech society, and who strive to explore and master all the possible variables this technique provides. Here you’ll find wood-firing ceramic artists discussing the kilns they’ve built, the lessons they’ve learned and revealing the ups and downs of the lifestyle.

Ceramics: Mastering the Craft

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In this book, Richard Zakin takes you on a comprehensive journey through the information and ideas of the potter’s craft. He includes photographs of pieces made by leading artists, as well as comments by them concerning various aspects of their work. This book is unique in its scope and the depth of its information and photographic documentation.

China Paint & Overglaze

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Invented in 9th century China, coveted in 17th century Europe, treasured in 19th century America, and neglected by art schools for more than 100 years, china painting is poised for a revival as new materials, new forms and new imagery appear. China paint—fired at the lowest end of the ceramic range—offers consistent, durable, predictable color, from the brightest hues to the subtlest gradations. Any effect that paint or ink can achieve, china paint can duplicate.

Shoji Hamada

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Part of being a potter is establishing a lifestyle that’s quite unlike the normal 9-5 job. Reading about how others have gone about the profession provides insights into our own decisions and can help us find our own way. Shoji Hamada is famous for being one of the first artist-potters in the 20th century, and together with Bernard Leach blazed a trail for us to follow. How did he do it? In this seminal book by renowned ceramic arts and writer Susan Peterson, you’ll discover why Shoji Hamada’s influence was so monumental not only in Japan but throughout the Western World. Susan takes us into Hamada’s home and studio for an insightful visit that’s sure to inspire.

The Robin Hopper Collection—SAVE $35

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Robin Hopper is the author of three of the most highly acclaimed books for the studio potter: The Ceramic Spectrum, Functional Pottery and Making Marks. These three comprehensive books form the core of any ceramic art library because...(Scroll for more.)

The Potter’s Encyclopedia of Color, Form and Decoration

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Ceramic vessels come in an enormous variety of shapes, colors and decorative finishes — a fact that contributes to the appeal and excitement of pottery as a medium, while presenting the potter with a bewildering number of choices. This comprehensive guide details more than 600 ceramic shapes and forms, extensively illustrated with inspirational photographs, elevation and section drawings, and comprehensive explanations to combine creativity and practicality. It also illustrates more than 700 individual glazes, with explanations of their properties, scope, and limits and provides instructions for creating them.

The Mud-Pie Dilemma

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The universal dream of doing the work you love and earning a living at it forms the heart of this current edition of a book that has become a favorite of many potters. This fresh account of The Mud-Pie Dilemma, written by John Nance, updates by 25 years the classic story of Tom and Elaine Coleman and their struggles to create a successful, loving marriage and family while master potter Tom seeks to realize his extraordinary potential as a ceramic artist.

The Potter’s Professional Handbook

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The perfect resource for individuals wishing to take the next step in their involvement with clay. Written by Steven Branfman, The Potter’s Professional Handbook covers topics ranging from determining what a professional is to equipment selection, setting up shop, marketing your work, and much more. This book provides descriptions of the items necessary for a beginning professional potter and includes visual examples of items including sales slips, purchase orders, invoices, credit slips, and even floor plans of well-known potters’ studios.

Making Pots on the Wheel with Jerry Horning

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Making Pots on the Wheel featuring Jerry Horning is a set of two DVDs that were originally produced as six videotapes (30-40 minutes each). The DVDs provide the viewer with all the information necessary to learn to throw functional pots. The first chapter begins with the most basic skills of centering clay and throwing a cylinder. Each following chapter demonstrates a new skill — throwing and tooling bowls and plates, throwing complex forms, pulling handles, making lids and spouts, and making pots with multiple elements, such as teapots.

Advanced Throwing Projects and Techniques with Stephen Jepson

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If you’re ready to go to the next level in throwing, or perhaps just hone your wheel skills, Stephen Jepson demonstrates the methods and processes you need to move ahead. With more than 28 years as a production potter, Stephen is an expert at throwing, which he finds both relaxing and stimulating. And he must, since he’s been known to throw as many as 1000 pots in a single week!

Robin Hopper Throwing Videos Collection

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If you want to successfully learn how to throw, then inviting a master potter into your studio will put you on the path to success. Robin Hopper, a world-renowned potter for more than 40 years, shows you how to throw in this highly practical video demonstration. If you’re into throwing, you know...(Scroll for more.)

Advanced Throwing: Extended and Altered Forms

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If you’re into throwing, you know there’s so much to learn. Beyond the usual fare of cups, bowls, mugs and vases lies a vast world of challenging forms. In this Advanced Throwing: Extended and Altered Forms DVD, Master Potter...(Scroll for more.)

Beginning to Throw on the Potter’s Wheel

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If you want to successfully learn how to throw, then inviting a master potter into your studio will put you on the path to success. Robin Hopper, a world-renowned potter...(Scroll for more.)

Colored Clay with Curtis Benzle

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Colored clays have been used for centuries in ceramics to attain qualities not possible with any other technique. From jewelry and lighting to functional and sculptural pieces, working with colored clay requires a whole different way of thinking in ceramics. Instead of forming objects and applying decoration and finishes separately, using colored clays allow you to do everything at once so you are basically forming and decorating at the same time.

A Potters Progress

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Dennise Buckley, originally from Ireland, is blessed with a talent – she understands what it takes to teach beginners how to make pottery. In this expertly produced DVD, she draws on more than 20 years of experience and passion with clay to explain the basics of handbuilding and throwing so anyone can enjoy success in working with clay. With step-by-step demonstrations on how to prepare the clay, handbuild and throw, Dennise’s instructions are clear and thorough. Her precise and light-hearted teaching methods make it fun to learn the joys of handbuilding and the art of throwing on the potter’s wheel.

Taking the Macho Out of Bigware with Tony Clennell

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Making large pots is exciting! And if you’ve never made one, you have a surprise just waiting to happen. When you make that first 20-inch vase or really large bowl—it’s an experience you’ll want to share with everyone! How? Easy. It’s all a matter of technique, and has nothing to do with how strong you are. In the same way a petite judo master can take out a Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker, you can make really large pots two to three times the size you’re making right now.

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