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Large Scale Ceramics

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Large scale ceramics demand a number of considerations that do not concern most ceramists: kiln size, assembling, weatherproofing and installation are some of the things that must be taken into account. Large-scale Ceramics discusses these issues as well as giving advice on obtaining and handling commissions.

Low-firing and Burnishing

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Because low-firing is the most basic of all ceramic techniques, it treats all your senses. Using just about the lowest possible technical setting, you submit your work to flames and smoke giving you a sense of what the ancients felt when they used fire to create their primitive works. Both ancient cultures and contemporary potters have used low-firing to great effect, adding slips and burnishing pieces to create finishes not possible with any other firing method...(Scroll for more.)

Raku

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Raku has been a popular technique among potters for a long time—the roar of the fire, the glowing work, the dramatic results—are all part of the allure. But raku is more than just a technique, it’s a way of thinking with an attitude of openness to the unexpected and willingness...(Scroll for more.)

Throwing Large

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Throwing large work is definitely challenging and takes a different approach than throwing normal-sized pots. Nic Collins looks at throwing purely from the perspective of making very large work. He assumes you can already throw, but different techniques are needed when making large work because of all the added problems—buckling, collapsing, warping...(Scroll for more.)

Wall Pieces

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Using clay as an artistic treatment for wall space is an increasingly fashionable and innovative solution for decorators, architects and makers. Wall pieces are the perfect solution for those who enjoy sculpture but have no space; they fulfill the same function as a picture while being much more dynamic and three-dimensional...(Scroll for more.)

Ceramic Art: Innovative Techniques

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When it comes to innovation, ceramic artists rank at the top. What is it about clay that brings out the creative spirit in us? Unlike a canvas to be painted or a stone to be carved, clay presents unlimited possibilities. You can shape it, throw it, pour it, carve it, stamp it, paint it—anything. It’s the most versatile of mediums...(Scroll for more.)

Ceramic Projects: Forming Techniques

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One of the most remarkable things about clay is that you can make most anything from it, and in Ceramic Projects: Forming Techniques dozens of clay artists prove this over and over...(Scroll for more.)

Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques

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Clay is the oldest and most natural medium for sculpture. You can form large pieces one coil at a time, construct pieces with slabs, stack forms into totems, or now even create something digitally and “print” it. In Ceramic Sculpture, clay artists reveal their techniques and their inspiration for creative sculptural works...(Scroll for more.)

Electric Firing: Creative Techniques

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Electric kilns are wonderful things! They’re so readily available and simple to install that you can easily take advantage of the incredible potential this tool has to offer. Nearly every ceramic artist now uses one in some capacity in their studio because electric firing offers a control and dependability not found with any other type of firing.

Extruder, Mold and Tile: Forming Techniques

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Get in on the latest techniques from 21st century potters with a book that covers three of the most critical aspects of the ceramic process in up-to-date terms. Find out how 30 ‘with it’ ceramic artists create unique forms and the methods they use to glaze and decorate their work...(Scroll for more.)

Glazes & Glazing: Finishing Techniques

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We all remember our first experience with glazing and how our hopes usually exceeded our skills–and knowledge. Glazing plays an important part of ceramic art but can be rather mysterious to both the newcomer and the seasoned professional...(Scroll for more.)

Raku Firing: Advanced Techniques

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Raku is one of the most exciting and popular techniques in ceramics. From the ball of clay to the final fired piece, you’re in control of every creative aspect along the way, and the basic raku process is within the reach of potters of any age or skill level. But when the technically skilled and highly creative artists turn to raku, they explore and experiment to take the medium to an inspiring level.

Raku, Pit & Barrel: Firing Techniques

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Raku, pit and barrel firing are three of the most popular firing techniques in ceramics. Accessible to anyone involved in this expressive medium, the unifying theme of these three techniques is the ability to work directly with the fire to achieve both quick and unique results not available with more conventional firing techniques.

Studio Ceramics: Advanced Techniques

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There are scores of techniques, hundreds of variations and thousands of combinations in ceramics. And it’s these combinations that make pottery art so exciting since no two people can produce the same work. This is a book about variety, but, more importantly, it’s about possibilities....(Scroll for more.)

Surface Decoration: Finishing Techniques

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When you’re ready to go beyond dipping, pouring and brushing the same palette of glazes onto your work, you’ll find the alternatives to surface decoration offered here to be an excellent jumping-off point...(Scroll for more.)

Surface, Glaze & Form: Pottery Techniques

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This book covers three of the most critical aspects of the ceramic process. Find out how 30 ceramic artists create unique forms and the methods they use to glaze and decorate their work. You’ll discover all types of forming, decorating, and glazing techniques illustrated in detailed step-by-step photo sequences that cover the gamut of possibilities...(Scroll for more.)

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...(Scroll for more.)

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...(Scroll for more.)

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...(Scroll for more.)

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...(Scroll for 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.

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