Pottery making and wheel throwing is a timeless craft, perfect for beginner crafters and artisans who don't mind getting their hands dirty. The Potter's Complete Studio Handbook is the perfect guide for all levels to enjoy and master the art of pottery. The book is a compilation of the best features from The Potter's Studio Handbook and The Potter's Studio Clay and Glaze Handbook, bringing the best of hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques together with comprehensive instruction for clays and glazes. Inside, you'll find: —expert tips and tricks for selecting and preparing your clay, constructing slab projects, throwing and centering clay on the wheel, firing your project to perfection —16 beautiful and functional projects with step-by-step photos using wheel-throwing, hand-building, and slipcasting techniques that can be done at home —more than 40 formulas for unique clays and glazes with instructions on how to use them plus troubleshooting tips from the experts —behind-the-scenes access to production and mining facilities . . . and much more!
Author: Elsbeth S. Woody
Publisher: Allworth Communications, Inc.
Release Date: 2008-03
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Take the mystery out of throwing clay with this classic guide now back in print! Novice and advanced potters can learn and improve their throwing techniques to create perfectly symmetrical, basic ceramic forms. Step-by-step instructions accompanied by more than 270 black-and-white photographs clearly illustrate how to throw cylindrical and open shapes, as well as specialized and advanced throwing of specific forms, such as teapots and pitchers. Woody and photographer Steven Smolker show readers: Precise finger and hand placements Specific tools and how they are used Handle placement How to cut and trim And everything else they will need to craft perfectly formed ceramics. Containing additional appendixes on clays, glazes, kilns, and firing, and an excellent glossary of terms, this is the essential guide for any potter with a desire to learn and develop his or her own signature style.
Author: Bill Van Gilder
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Anyone who has ever imagined plunging bare hands into cool, moist clay and shaping it into a vase, platter, or tile can now experience the pleasure of pottery. Lifelong potter Bill van Gilder has a bounty of time-tested advice on all the basics, and a plethora of fantastic techniques. That means novices will enjoy the advantages of a master teacher guiding them through each stage of the process--while intermediates will eagerly soak up every new idea he has to offer. With van Gilder’s help, beginners can try hand building, and progress onto the fundamentals of wheel-throwing. They’ll get expert tips on shaping spouts, handles and feet; adding texture, color, and luster; and combining techniques to create a variety of attractive projects. A production potter for more than 30 years, Bill van Gilder, host of DIY Network’s Throwing Clay, has traveled around the world to learn, teach, and exhibit his craft. He is a regular contributor to Clay Times magazine, and is on the faculty of The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2000, he founded the Frederick Pottery School in Maryland.
A master ceramist and internationally known teacher offers practical information about pottery making as well as insights into the craft's meaning, history, and spirit. Featuring more than 170 photographs, this volume describes and depicts basic forms and their creation using the potter's wheel as well as by modeling, coiling, and slab building.
Author: David Cohen
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date: 2008-05-21
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
To master the timeless craft of clay wheel throwing, a ceramicist must understand more than the attributes of clay and the operation of the potter's wheel. Successful practitioners learn to combine technical knowledge and physical skill with emotional control and a highly developed aesthetic sense. The learning process can be extremely frustrating for beginners, but thorough background information and a proper mindset can ease the journey to technical proficiency and self-expression. The Basics of Throwing offers the kind of detailed instruction that is critical to the sustained practice of clay wheel throwing. In this thoroughly illustrated book, master potter David Cohen explores the essential aspects of the craft—the preparation of clay, the required tools, the mechanics governing the potter's wheel, the technical vocabulary, and the fundamental thrown forms of ceramic ware. In addition, Cohen shares insights into the value of related details, such as posture, breath, rhythm, and drawing, in the creation of quality clay ware. His clear writing links the physical relationship between body, clay, and wheel to the principles of beauty. Full-color photographs further clarify each concept and method. The Basics of Throwing ends with inspiring profiles of some of today's best potters. David Cohen's comprehensive instruction and holistic framework make The Basics of Throwing a unique resource for potters and ceramics educators.
A fascinating blend of the technical and aesthetic aspects of ceramics, this second edition features historical background information, analysis of image creation strategies, and numerous technical photos. Photo essays show such processes as raku, throwing on a wheel, slab construction, hand forming in a press mold, working with colored clay, creating a mold-formed vessel, and several others. &break;&break;Potters will find invaluable information on buying and formulating clays, creating form in clay, clay imagery, ceramic surfaces, choosing and applying glazes, firing clay bodies, analysis of glaze recipe types and kiln designs, and much more. Also included are dozens of clay body and glaze recipes. &break;&break;This greatly expanded and updated edition features more than 300 beautiful color photos of the most innovative work being done in the ceramics field today.
Author: Phil Rogers
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date: 2000-09-15
"Throwing clay on a potter's wheel and the seemingly effortless and wonderful way that clay will swell and climb in the hands of a skilled potter is merely the beginning to this most 'natural' and ancient of crafts."--from Throwing Pots Throwing is a skill that many potters seek to master. It requires patience, time, and lots of practice. In Throwing Pots, Phil Rogers takes the reader through the basic principles of throwing. With the help of step-by-step illustrations, he demonstrates how to make a wide range of pots, from the simple bowl to the more complex forms of teapots and jugs, including lids and spouts. Rogers also discusses the aesthetics of pottery, encouraging readers to assess design and develop a personal style as well as recommending places to see examples of fine quality handthrown pottery.
Pencils Down! has been forty-five years in the making. It is hoped that by sharing classroom experiences, the reader will be entertained, enlightened, and educated. The ideas presented are written for all educators: veteran, novice, substitute and student teachers, parents who homeschool, college and university professors, as well as for anyone who has a child in his or her care. The guide offers the fruit of my experiences, gleaned from a lifetime in the classroom. Writing this book has been a labor of love, and it is my sincere hope that all educators reading this book will find some fresh insight into the wonderful profession of teaching. Pencils Down! will take you on a journey whose itinerary begins in elementary school and spans more than four decades. I have taken that journey at the head of the class. Many an author has written a book on education without ever having stepped into a real classroom. I have stepped into many classrooms, many times, over many years, and now feel qualified to write my first book. Having successfully survived as a teacher forty-five years in the public and private sectors of both the New York and Nevada school systems prompted me to write this book, a book packed with lessons that work, school humor, enrichment activities, and sage advice ready to be used by anyone who desires to instill a love of learning in a child. You may wish to do many of the lessons with your students. Most of the text deals with activities based on beloved children’s books. I have selected more than fifty children’s books I most enjoyed reading and teaching my students. Although some of these books never achieved Newbery Medal award status, each book teaches something of life’s lessons, and each is a gem. My first priority was selecting excellent children’s books. I have selected a broad and diverse collection of children’s books with the hope that by using these books daily with all elementary school children, each child can learn to love books and appreciate the extended benefits of lifelong literacy. To give you a true flavor of what is covered, a summary of each part follows. Welcome to Pencils Down! Part One: School Humor You are reading this either because you are contemplating a career in teaching or are curious to find out whether a veteran teacher can still be sane after spending forty-five years in the classroom. Part One presents the humorous side to an otherwise serious profession. You will get a glimpse of nineteenth and early twentieth century rules for teachers and peruse a copy of the contract teachers were made to sign. Both will make you wonder why anyone would consider a career in education. You will find out what teachers make and be privy to the public’s low opinion of teachers’ salaries. If you survive the reality show for educators, you may continue reading the book. School anecdotal incidents, accrued from many years in the classroom, will be shared. You will learn why God created the teacher and will be introduced to the new school policy. A test designed for preschoolers will challenge you. Answers from kindergartners and first graders as to why we read and write will be sure to surprise and amuse you. Actual student test answers and parental notes are included, both good for a chuckle. The difference between an educator and a teacher will be clarified. Today’s schools, vs. schools in the 50’s and 60’s, will make you wish you were teaching in a simpler era and make you wonder if schools are still teaching math. An Australian school’s answering machine will make you smile, as will the eleven things you did not and will not learn in school. Part Two: Getting to Know You “Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you.
Pottery making and wheel throwing is a timeless craft, perfect for beginner crafters and artisans who don't mind getting their hands dirty. Even if you haven't touched clay since your childhood art class, let The Potter's Studio Handbook guide you through the process of designing and equipping your own ceramic studio, teaching you techniques that will have you generating clay projects in no time. Once the techniques are mastered, this guide will remain an invaluable resource to all clay artists, one that will stay in the studio for years to come. A veteran instructor teaches hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques using full-color photographs, and diagrams with a reassuring voice. Each step is illustrated for creating beautiful, functional projects at home; such as teapots, vases, dinner plates, and more. Shares pottery tips that help you select and prepare clay, construct slab projects, throw and center clay on the wheel, experiment with glazes, fire your project to perfection, and much more. This is the perfect guide for all levels to enjoy and master the art of pottery.
Author: Jane Casey
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
Release Date: 2015-05-22
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sommerliebesgeschichte mit Thrill Die Sommerferien beginnen nicht unbedingt vielversprechend für die sechzehnjährige Jess: Statt den Sommer in London zu verbringen, schleppt ihre Mutter sie in den kleinen, idyllischen Küstenort, aus dem sie stammt. Als wäre das nicht schon schlimm genug, reagieren die Leute in Port Sentinel äußerst seltsam auf Jess. Wo sie geht und steht - jeder starrt sie an, als hätte er gerade einen Geist gesehen. Und irgendwie haben sie das auch, denn Jess sieht ihrer vor Kurzem verstorbenen Cousine Freya zum Verwechseln ähnlich. Sie beschließt, mehr über ihre Cousine herauszufinden, und stößt auf ein lebensgefährliches Geheimnis.
At one time or another, every potter gets frustrated at the wheel. Whether struggling to center the clay or attach a handle with precision, potters of all levels crave advice and answers, and world-renowned ceramicist and YouTube sensation Simon Leach has plenty to give. In Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook—a book-and-DVD package—he presents clear tutorials and loads of original instruction on all of the core techniques, from studio setup to basic throwing, to applying appendages, trimming, glazing, and firing. For each technique, detailed step-by-step photography captures the subtle, intricate movements that typically fly by too fast to be learned when watching a video lesson; callouts then lead readers to the relevant video on the DVD so they can see the technique demonstrated in real time—an ideal combination that makes learning from the master easy. Praise for Simon Leach's Pottery Handbook: “A definitive guide for every step of pottery making.†?Â —Publishers Weekly “Third-generation potter Leach, with technical and photographic assistance from Bruce Dehnert and Jared Flood, capitalizes on his celebrity with an amazingly detailed, step-by-step text for all major processes in ceramics. The in-depth perspective starts with his directions for making simple tools (a wire tool and a sponge stick) and is bolstered by charts and information-packed sidebars (e.g., for removing air bubbles and troubleshooting your first pull). Every topic that novices must master is covered, such as working basic shapes (cylinder and variations dishes) trimming, decorating and glazing, and firing.†? —BooklistÂ “This book has some of the most gorgeous photography I've seen…†?Â —Susan B. Anderson blog “Among how-to books, this volume stands out. This gem is as carefully honed as the skills it seeks to share.†? —American Craft “For those of us who learn best with a combo of text and demonstrations, Simon Leach’s new book is the perfect fit.†? —Ceramics Monthly Â