Synopses & Reviews
Pinch, coil, turn, wedge, and throw a gorgeous piece of clay pottery. This introduction to one of the oldest decorative arts illustrates all the techniques for construction and design, complete with patterns to trace and a full-color gallery of awe-inspiring creations. Learn to use the full range of equipment for constructing and decorating--and get some money-saving hints on substitutes: an expired credit card, for example, makes a great smoothing tool! There are also tips on kilns; choosing the right wheel; buying clay; and modeling, glazing, and firing. See how to incorporate found objects with plaster casting--a great and easy technique for creating detailed designs when you're not a skilled sculptor. Try making one of eleven projects: a fabulous Four Fish Salad Bowl (the extended rim of the bow has the silhouette of the fishes' fins); a sunny pitcher on a stand decorated with oranges and foliage; a painted plate with rich red roses; a Theater Clock with a star-cloth backdrop; and a Wisteria Platter inspired by a medieval stone carving. And especially for beginners: an incredibly simple-to-do Sunflower Vase that doesn't even require a kiln! Plus 5 more that are fun to do. 96 pages (all in color), 7 1/2 x 10 1/2.
Pinch, coil, turn, wedge, and throw gorgeous pottery with this introduction to the techniques of clay crafting--complete with patterns and a color gallery of inspiring creations. Tips cover the full range of equipment, including kilns, wheels, and clay. See how to model, glaze, fire, and incorporate found objects into your work. Among the eleven great projects: a Four Fish Salad Bowl, sunny pitcher on a decorative stand, painted plate with red roses, Theater Clock, Wisteria Platter, and an easy-to-make Sunflower Vase that doesn't require a kiln!
A practical look at pottery and ceramics. Using a variety of clays, the book demonstrates how to create a range of attractive, useful and practical items, without the need for a potter's wheel or kiln. Projects range from a ceramic mirror to inlaid tiles using Middle Eastern designs.