Synopses & Reviews
Pottery making and wheel throwing is a timeless craft, perfect for beginner crafters and artisans who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. The Potters Complete Studio Handbook is the perfect guide for all levels to enjoy and master the art of pottery. The book is a compilation of the best features from The Potter’s Studio Handbook and The Potter’s Studio Clay and Glaze Handbook, bringing the best of hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques together with comprehensive instruction for clays and glazes. Included are:
—expert tips and tricks for selecting and preparing your clay, constructing slab projects, throwing and centering clay on the wheel, firing your project to perfection
—16 beautiful and functional projects with step-by-step photos using wheel-throwing, hand-building, and slipcasting techniques that can be done at home
—more than 40 formulas for unique clays and glazes with instructions on how to use them plus troubleshooting tips from the experts
—behind-the-scenes access to production and mining facilities
. . . and much more!
Müller, Kristin. The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics. Quarry: Quayside. 2007. c.192p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-1-59253-373-2. pap. $24.99. ART INSTRUCTION
Müller, a ceramic artist since 1987 and the education director for Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, offers a splendid book on a timeless art. She guides beginners through advanced students in equipping a ceramic studio, handling the design, preparing the clay, constructing slab projects, throwing on a wheel, glazing, and firing. The 16 clay projects featured here include teapots, vases, and dinner plates. Readers can draw inspiration from the creative painting and underglazing examples, as well as the unusual firing techniques for color and texture. Highly recommended, though professional potters will want advanced works like Irene Poulton’s Fired Up with Raku: Over 300 Recipes. -Library Journal, March 2008
Like blacksmithing or hobby farming, pottery-making appeals to individuals who like to be creative, work with their hands, and donÆt mind getting a little dirty. However, it is a hobby that is largely underserved by the publishing industry, but difficult for someone to learn without a comprehensive guide because the tools and techniques are quite complicated. The PotterÆs Studio Handbook
guides readers through the process of setting up their own studio and teaching them how to master the techniques at home. Once techniques are mastered, The PotterÆs Studio Handbook
will remain an invaluable resource to the clay artist when looking to create beautiful, yet functional projects, at home with nearly 25 projects
that build upon previously learned skills.
- Teaches the three most popular techniques: wheel throwing, hand building, and slipcasting
- Teaches readers how to make many functional and beautiful projects at home
- Step-by-step photos guarantee success
About the Author
Kristin Müller has been a ceramic artist for 20 years and an arts administrator for 10 years. Currently the education director for Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, Connecticut, she has been teaching ceramics there for more than 13 years. She holds a bachelor of science in studio arts with a concentration in ceramics from Southern Connecticut State University. Kristin has attended countless seminars and workshops with leading potters and clay artists and is currently an MFA candidate at Hood College. She has a studio and wood-fired Anagama kiln in eastern Pennsylvania, and she exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
As ceramics instructor and consultant, Jeff Zamek has lectured and led workshops for more than 30 years, and has developed clay body and glaze formulas for ceramics supply companies throughout the United States. As a freelance writer, he has contributed articles to most major ceramics magazines, including Pottery Making Illustrated, Ceramics Monthly, and Ceramic Industry. Zamek is the author of What Every Potter Should Know and Safety in the Ceramics Studio, both published by Krause. '