Handbuilt Ceramics is a practical guide to all aspects of technique, but goes further by exploring the studio practices of ten exciting contemporary makers. Advice is given on how to get started and information on tools and equipment, types of clay and a safe workspace set-up. Handbuilding methods, such as pinching, coiling, slabbing and press moulding, are explained in detail with step-by-step sequences. Techniques for creating surface interest, pre and post firing, are included using coloured slip, glaze or paint. Ideas for combining techniques and ways to experiment are explored and encouraged, as well as tips to avoid common problems and to achieve successful outcomes. With over 350 lavish photos, this book will provide inspiration through a unique understanding of current work. It is written both for the novice and for the experienced maker looking for a new direction.
Handbuilt Ceramics by Jo Taylor
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About the author
Jo Taylor is known for her exuberant sculptural works. Her unique pieces are inspired by architectural features, and created by combining throwing and handbuilding techniques. As well as exhibiting widely, she regularly teaches and is a passionate advocate of experimental practices.
I would certainly recommend this book to all potters and especially to those interested in current sculptural ceramic techniques.
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