Synopses & Reviews
This is a complete course in designing ceramics with confidence. Focusing on the design process and principles of shape, form, surface, and function, it also includes practical instruction in studio techniques for rendering your ideas into reality.
A complete range of practical advice is offered, organized into units covering each stage of the design process, from working out a brief and seeking inspiration to drawing up technical plans and developing the design.
Design concepts with both practical and esthetic considerations are explored in detail, and real-life case studies give valuable insights into the world of practicing ceramic designers.
Whether you want to create functional, hard-wearing pots or decorative fine art pieces, this book will demystify the design process and provide the inspiration and skills you need to design with flair.
Anthony Quinn is a freelance designer for the tableware industry. Among his clients are Wedgewood, Royal Worcester, and Denby Pottery. He is a senior lecturer in ceramic design at the renowned Central Saint Martin's College in London and is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art. Anthony has recently launched a range of pierced oven and tableware with Hartley Greens pottery, designed in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has also recently designed the in-flight dining experience for British Airways First Class and Club World. He lives and works in London.
"This book really is a college course in ceramic design boiled down to its essentials. Studio potters and clay artists who have experienced the process of designing through trial and error, and are looking for alternatives will find helpful tips in this guide book."
"After developing a design and making a maquette, you'll firm up the details with a technical drawing, using rulers, protractors, compasses and French curves. Here the book is quite helpful, explaining how to use all of these things, and what a conventional technical drawing calls for."
"If you'd like to come up with something new and different for your work, or just change your process a little, this book can help you. And if you think you might actually want to try designing for industry, this is definitely the place to start."
Sumi von Dassow Pottery Making Illustrated, November/December 2008
Ceramic craftsmen intent on making pottery for everyday use, as well as dedicated artisans concentrating on fine-art objects will find inspiration and practical instruction in this handsome volume. Step-by-step tutorials take readers through each stage of the ceramic-making process with--
A clearly illustrated summary of essential potter's tools Instruction on developing design concepts and making prototypes and technical drawings Making models from drawings Making sample pieces to test glazes, colors, and surfaces Final design, creation of finished pieces, and development of a portfolio for presentation to buyers
Featuring practical exercises for each stage in pottery design and construction, this beautifully illustrated book is mainly intended for students planning to develop a career as professional ceramic designers--but ambitious amateur do-it-yourselfers will also find plenty of inspiration and solid instruction. The author, a noted ceramicist, covers all forms of ceramic design, both practical and sculptural. The text is complemented with more than 400 instructive and inspiring color photos.
About the Author
Anthony Quinn is a freelance designer whose clients include Wedgwood, Royal Worcester, and Denby Pottery. He is also a senior lecturer in the ceramic design course at Central Stain Martins, London, and a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art in London.