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Claire Ireland makes hand-built sculptural ceramics on different scales, many of which are inspired by her studio’s location in the grounds of a historical steam museum. She teaches contemporary ways of making and experimental decorative techniques, as well as specialist courses on smoke firing and paperclay. Claire is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
This is a rich source of inspiration and guidance and will become a well thumbed reference for many potters. Each chapter is a rich source of ideas, illustrations, suggestions and offerings, with something new for everyone to consider, experiment or to try anew. There is also a helpful list of suppliers in the US and UK .
Developing a decorative surface can take as much time and effort as it does to make the ceramic piece, and is crucial to the individual style of the maker. This book is an easy reference point for any maker to consider the options which are open to them. Over 30 ceramic makers share their individual way of working in this extensive book.
Surface Decoration for the contemporary maker is a book of beautiful images and solid content like a good lush cookery book which provides you with successful recipes and a happy feeling. Content needs to support images and this book is a successful marriage of the two, it just happens to be in
the pottery world.