The Art & Craft of Ceramics: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration (A Lark Ceramics Book)

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Beginners eager to explore the world of ceramics, as well as experienced potters seeking new techniques and ideas, will find this colorful, technique-packed manual absolutely inspiring. Lavishly illustrated and visually attractive, it provides both practical and creative information on tools and materials, production processes, glazing, and decorative techniques—including detailed explanations of clays, kilns, and accessories. Explore essential methods for modeling (hand building, wheel turning); for decorating the pieces (slips, glazes, colored engobes); and for properly firing the finished piece at both low and high temperatures. Put all that new knowledge to work on six step-by-step projects—from a large, oval sculpture formed by extrusion and wheel-throwing to a beautifully simple functional vessel—all created by top ceramists.

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A nice introduction to the artistic philosophies and goals of ceramics as an art form, Ros i Frigola's book presents a variety of ceramic styles in this general overview. The majority of the book covers materials, tools, and techniques, with a nice overview^B of the evolution of ceramics as an art form in the twentieth century. Readers will find a rich array of artists and styles throughout the text and illustrations, inspiring them to explore beyond the book. As the author states repeatedly, instruction and description are limited, given the breadth of the subject. What is covered, such concepts as melting point, plasticity, hardness, porosity, and shrinkage, is clearly illustrated. Ceramic instruction from a book is difficult, but Ros i Frigola does an admirable job explaining basic techniques. With lush photographs, Ros i Frigola's purpose--to inspire--is apparent. Readers, beginning or more experienced (the latter looking for a better understanding of the ways this medium can be used for artistic expression), will find edification. Jennifer Palmer
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