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 Handbook
and#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
"Birks writes from the perspective of years of teaching evening classes, so his guidance is especially useful to the novice....His prose, like a good pot, has beauty of form, and is a delight to read." Raleigh News and Observer
This all new, revised, and updated edition of Tony Birks's classic Potter's Companion
- The latest hand-building and glazing techniques, new tested glaze recipes, kiln designs, and firing programs
- More than 440 color photographs illustrating every step of making, decorating, and firing a clay pot
- Instructions for throwing and hand-building a wide variety of shapes and vessels
- Superb examples of contemporary work by artists such as Paul Solder, Ruth Duckworth, and Betty Woodman
Revised and updated, this classic potter's volume explains everything from preparation through firing, with stops along the way for detailed instruction and techniques, accompanied by more than 450 full-color photos.
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.