Ceramics: A Beginner's Guide to Tools and Techniques

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2012 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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This comprehensive guide covers the materials, tools, methods, and techniques for making original ceramic pieces in a wide range of forms. From hand sculpting to pinching, wheel throwing to slip casting, here you ll ?nd easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by beautiful photographs to make the world of ceramics clear and exciting. Readers will also learn about glazes, ?ring techniques, decorating tips, and much more.
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Contents

Clay
9
Getting started with clay
14
Shape
17
Pinching
19
Coiling
21
Sculpting and modeling
25
Slab construction
28
Making plaster molds
35
Kilns
122
Bisque firing
124
Glaze firing
125
Oxidation firing and reduction firing
126
Raku
127
Blackfiring
133
Barrel firing
135
Anagama
138

Using slip casting clay
37
Throwing
41
Trimming and other throwing techniques
61
Decorating wet clay
79
Engobes
86
Printing techniques
97
Decorating bisque fired and unfired glazed clay
104
Glaze
109
Salt firing
139
The workshop
141
Inspiration
143
Glossary
146
Read more 147 Suppliers
147
Index
148
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About the author (2012)

Elisabeth Landberger is an active potter and experienced ceramics teacher living in Germany.

Mita Lundin is an active potter and experienced ceramics teacher living in Germany.

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