Ceramics: Mastering the Craft

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Chilton Book Company, 1990 - Ceramics - 280 pages
In "Ceramics: Mastering the Craft," Richard Zakin has written a comprehensive handbook for everyone interested in working in ceramics. He offers practical advice on buying and formulating clays, choosing and applying glazes, firing clay bodies, and setting up a ceramics studio. Particularly helpful is the information on clay and glaze material types, glaze analysis, computers, and safety. As well as these more technical aspects, he discusses ceramic forms and methods of decoration. In a series of short essays throughout the book, fifty contemporary studio potters talk about their craft and offer insights into the creative process. This is a book in which the practical and creative are both important.

The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs not only various techniques but also of contemporary examples of work by studio potters from many countries. "Ceramics" is that rare combination - a first-rate technical handbook that is also a visual delight.

Richard Zakin has worked in the field of ceramics for many years. He is currently professor of art (ceramics) at the State University of New York, Oswego. He is well known both as an accomplished studio potter and as the author of many articles on ceramics. He is the author of "Electric Kiln Ceramics" (Chilton; Black, 1981), and he has contributed to other books on the subject.

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Zakin is a respected teacher, potter, and writer. He maintains a studio and teaches at the State University of New York at Oswego.

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