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Wheel-Thrown Ceramics: Altering * Trimming * Adding * Finishingby Don Davis
Synopses & Reviews
At one time or another, every potter gets frustrated at the wheel. Whether struggling to center the clay or attach a handle with precision, potters of all levels crave advice and answers, and world-renowned ceramicist and YouTube sensation Simon Leach has plenty to give. In Simon Leachand#8217;s Pottery Handbookand#151;a book-and-DVD packageand#151;he presents clear tutorials and loads of original instruction on all of the core techniques, from studio setup to basic throwing, to applying appendages, trimming, glazing, and firing. For each technique, detailed step-by-step photography captures the subtle, intricate movements that typically fly by too fast to be learned when watching a video lesson; callouts then lead readers to the relevant video on the DVD so they can see the technique demonstrated in real timeand#151;an ideal combination that makes learning from the master easy.
Praise for Simon Leach's Pottery Handbook:
and#147;A definitive guide for every step of pottery making.and#8221;and#160;and#151;Publishers Weekly
and#147;Third-generation potter Leach, with technical and photographic assistance from Bruce Dehnert and Jared Flood, capitalizes on his celebrity with an amazingly detailed, step-by-step text for all major processes in ceramics. The in-depth perspective starts with his directions for making simple tools (a wire tool and a sponge stick) and is bolstered by charts and information-packed sidebars (e.g., for removing air bubbles and troubleshooting your first pull). Every topic that novices must master is covered, such as working basic shapes (cylinder and variations dishes) trimming, decorating and glazing, and firing.and#8221; and#151;Booklistand#160;
and#147;This book has some of the most gorgeous photography I've seenand#133;and#8221;and#160;and#151;Susan B. Anderson blog
and#147;Among how-to books, this volume stands out. This gem is as carefully honed as the skills it seeks to share.and#8221; and#151;American Craft
and#147;For those of us who learn best with a combo of text and demonstrations, Simon Leachand#8217;s new book is the perfect fit.and#8221; and#151;Ceramics Monthly
"A complete guide to throwing clay on a potter's wheel. This is the only book we know of that combines complete instructions for throwing clay on a potter's wheel with stunning color photos of every step of the process. Packed with comprehensive instructions for beginners, invaluable tips for experts, and a running gallery of contemporary international work for collectors, "Wheel-Thrown Ceramics has become the basic book in the field.o A book for beginners, experts, and admirers of ceramic arto Wheel throwing is the basic technique for creating ceramics.o A Book-of-the-Month Crafter's Choice Selection"There is something here to inspire, enlighten, and encourage most people from raw beginners to ...experienced potters."--"Ceramic Review."The real strength ... is the gentle, expert teaching style ... a book that you will enjoy reading through the first time and one that you will refer to over and over again as your skills improve."--"Clay Times...". a well-presented publication...will provide ideas, knowledge, and motivation for readers at all levels of potmaking proficiency."--"SchoolArts.
Finally theres a book that combines complete instructions for throwing clay on a potters wheel with stunning color photos of every step of the process. Packed with comprehensive instructions for beginners, invaluable tips for experts, and a running gallery of international contemporary work for collectors, this will certainly become the basic book in the field.
About the Author
Simon Leach is an internationally celebrated third-generation ceramicist, descended from the renowned Leach family of Cornwall, England. He can be seen online, demystifying techniques at his potterand#8217;s wheel in his more than 800 YouTube videos (simonleachpottery.com). He also teaches hands-on workshops throughout the country. He lives in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania. Bruce Dehnert is the head of the ceramics program at Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey.
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