Pottery Basics: Everything You Need to Know to Start Making Beautiful Ceramics

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Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated, 2005 - Crafts & Hobbies - 128 pages
Working with clay is a deeply satisfying creative hobby, but many would-be potters are put off because they don't know how to get started. Pottery Basics shows the way. With instructive, clearly captioned, step-by-step photos on every page, it teaches everything they need to know to start making, decorating, and firing pottery. It also presents twelve simple projects that encourage beginning potters to put their new skills into practice. Expert potter Jacqui Atkin instructs on:

  • Types of clay
  • Basic modeling methods such as throwing, pinching, coiling, and trimming
  • Techniques for bisque and glaze firing, and much more

    Beginners learn to make vases, trays, tiles, and many other attractive objects. They also learn techniques for creating designs, color combinations, and textures with inlays, slips, feathering, and burnishing. Separate sections instruct on clay preparation, on using a potter's wheel, and on firing in the kiln. Hundreds of instructive and inspiring color photos.

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Atkin has already taught us how to make remarkably sophisticated pottery without a potter's wheel in herHandbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed . Here she offers the best brief introduction to all ... Read full review


Techniques and Projects 48
Surface Decoration Library 108

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About the author (2005)

Jacqui Atkin is a practicing ceramicist and has taught pottery in colleges and occupational therapy classes for several years. She now runs private courses in low-fire pottery techniques, including smoke-firing and Raku. She has contributed to several books as a project maker and gallery artist, and wrote the best-selling Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed. Jacqui lives in Shropshire, England.

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