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From Mud to Music
From Mud to Music
 
From Mud to Music explores the vast array of ceramic musical instruments, from their historical traditions in world cultures to modern variations and innovations. All instrument families are represented: percussion, winds, strings, and even unique hybrids. For each type of instrument, special construction techniques specific to clay are explained. In addition, there's a chapter providing detailed, step-by-step instructions showing how to build several ceramic instruments. A companion audio CD contains 43 diverse tracks of ceramic instrumental music. Hundreds of color photos present the work of artists from around the world spanning the last 3000 years. Net Wt. is 3.08 lbs.
Price: $59.95

Glazes - Cone 6
Glazes - Cone 6
 
Traditionally, potters fired their work either at low temperatures, as in earthenware, or at the high temperature that stoneware requires. However, a growing number of potters, particularly those who use electric kilns, are firing to a middle-range temperature, of which cone 6 is typical. Using mid-range temperatures saves fuel and expense, reduces wear on electric elements, yet allows the potter to achieve features shared by earthenware and stoneware. Because of the popularity of this technique, pottery suppliers have recently begun developing clay bodies and glazes suitable for the temperature range. In Glazes Cone 6, Mike Bailey surveys the growing trend in mid-temperature firing and guides the reader by practical knowledge. He discusses a range of different glazes, including special effects, glaze stains, and underglaze colors, giving both recipes and tips for ensuring success.
Price: $28.95

Glazes and Glazing Finishing Techniques
Glazes and Glazing Finishing Techniques
 
We all remember our first experience with glazing and how our hopes usually exceeded our skills–and knowledge. Glazing plays an important part of ceramic art but can be rather mysterious to both the newcomer and the seasoned professional. While the chemistry may appear to be a bit like alchemy to the uninitiated, an established science and accepted practices provide order and repeatable results. Glazes & Glazing: Finishing Techniques covers many aspects of glazing–from formulating your own special concoctions to working with various combinations and applications.
Price: $29.95

Glazes, Materials, Recipes, and Techniques
Glazes, Materials, Recipes, and Techniques
 
This Ceramics Monthly handbook is written by and about artists and experts. These articles cover a wide range of materials, recipes, and techniques used in the glazing of work by both studio potters and ceramic artists. This book is a great example of how the modern potter uses a combination of trial-and-error discoveries along with information from scientists and engineers in the field to achieve unique effects that are the signature of the current ceramic art movement. Net Wt. is 1.11 lbs.
Price: $28.95

Great Clay Adventure, The
Great Clay Adventure, The
 
Encourage elementary and middle school-age kids to build their clay-sculpting skills at home with these lessons and projects designed for use in the classroom. They'll model a pinch pot, coil animals, fossils, vases, masks, and tiles that they can embellish with rubber stamps. Best of all, these projects will foster children's confidence in their abilities and stimulate new ideas.
Price: $26.95

Handbuilding
Handbuilding
 
In this book, Michael Hardy looks at the traditional handbuilding methods?pinching, coiling, slab building, and pressmolding?and explains how to do them. For many years these methods were eclipsed by throwing on a potter's wheel which came to dominate as a making method. However, in the past 30 years handbuilding has once again become a preferred technique among ceramic artists. These artists are engaged in exploring the creative possibilities that handbuilding offers, experimenting fully with and combining techniques in an effort to achieve their artistic vision.
Price: $29.95

Handbuilding Techniques
Handbuilding Techniques
 
This volume begins with the modeling of cubes, cones, spheres, and other basic volumes. Students then learn coiling, pinching, using strips, slabs, and lumps and how to apply them to bowls, bottles, cups, boxes, and sculpture, with information on kilns, firing, and finishing processes included.
Price: $14.95

Modeling the Figure in Clay
Modeling the Figure in Clay
 
For thirty years, Modeling the Figure in Clay has been an indispensable anatomical resource for people who think, see, and understand form best in the round: sculptors. In the thirtieth anniversary edition of this classic work, master sculptor Bruno Lucchesi invites you on a guided tour of the human form. Follow him as he creates a figure in clay-literally from the inside out-starting with the skeleton, laying on the muscles to show male and female anatomy, and finishing with a complete figure sculpture with every detail of face and hair carefully modeled.
Price: $19.95

Modeling the Head in Clay
Modeling the Head in Clay
 
Renowned contemporary sculptor Bruno Lucchesi takes a single life-size head through all the stages of rough in, modeling, refining the surface, and finishing and texturing, enabling the reader to see exactly how he positions and models every detail. The book demonstrates not just highlights of the creative process, but every step from beginning to end.
Price: $19.95

Mud-Pie Dilemma, The
Mud-Pie Dilemma, The
 
The universal dream of doing the work you love and earning a living at it forms the heart of this current edition of a book that has become a favorite of many potters. This fresh account of The Mud-Pie Dilemma, written by John Nance, updates by 25 years the classic story of Tom and Elaine Coleman and their struggles to create a successful, loving marriage and family while master potter Tom seeks to realize his extraordinary potential as a ceramic artist. For more than three decades, studio potters Tom and Elaine Coleman have sustained themselves and raised a family through their work in clay. It has involved major changes in geography, and in ways, styles and means of living and working. Despite the difficulties and occasional setbacks, the Colemans have found it to be a personally and creatively gratifying career. Author John Nance, who met the Colemans 25 years ago when he documented their work in the first edition, brings their story up to date in this latest edition.
Price: $46.95
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Paper Clay
Paper Clay
 
In this revised and expanded edition of Paper Clay, Rosette Gault clearly explains how to make, use, and fire paper clay successfully. She also brings the reader up to date on new developments in the field, including methods for the ecologically sound use of paper clay. This handbook incorporates several helpful charts and illustrations, featuring firing schedules and proportion guidelines, as well as cross sections and templates for common forms. Net Wt. is .82 lbs.
Price: $26.50

Pioneer Pottery
Pioneer Pottery
 
Pioneer Pottery is one of the classic texts in ceramic literature. Its author, Michael Cardew, was one of the seminal figures in British ceramics and this book, written partly in response to his time spent in Africa, has influenced generations of potters around the world. As one of the early and influential figures in British ceramics, Michael Cardew was asked in 1942 by the Crown Agents to go to Nigeria to set up a pottery training center. It was his experiences there, as well as his previous time spent in the Gold Coast, that formed the basis for this book. In addition to discussions about the basics of clay and glaze materials and their properties, Cardew shows how to make pots in the Kwali, Jebba, Vume, Ilorin, and Hausa traditions of western Africa. Net Wt. is 2.66 lbs.
Price: $19.95

Portrait in Clay, The
Portrait in Clay, The
 
A master sculptor demonstrates how an artist can use thoughts and feelings combined with technique to produce evocative portraits in clay. Peter Rubino, who has achieved wide acclaim for his portrait busts of great sports figures, uses line drawings, illustrations, and running commentary to show how the sculptors hands and tools create a portrait likeness. 20 color and 250 b&w illustrations .
Price: $24.95

Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes, The
Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes, The
 
Emmanuel Cooper's classic guide to making glazes is now available in a thoroughly revised new edition. Cooper provides potters with an introductory section on glaze materials, coloring, mixing, and the application of glazes, as well as information on health and safety issues. This essential guide also features over 400 recipes ranging from opaque, matte, and transparent glazes to crystalline and black iron glazes, organized according to their varying temperature ranges. Net Wt. is 1.47 lbs.
Price: $39.95

Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques, The
Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques, The
 
Frank and Janet Hamer explain the sources and character of materials, the behavior of clays and glaze minerals during forming and firing processes, forming methods, and glaze construction. In addition to brief outlines and detailed articles with cross references to illustrations, color photographs illustrate glaze effects and surfaces featured in the work of inventive, contemporary potters. The varied techniques of raku, maiolica, crystalline glazes, salt and soda, stoneware, and porcelain are also presented in a new color section. This new edition has been updated to include auto-reduction, crystalline glazes, insulation, stains, and specialized firing and fuming techniques. With upwards of 800 illustrations to clarify everything in the ceramic world, in its fifth edition The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques will continue to serve as the authority on all things ceramic. Net Wt. is 4.55 lbs.
Price: $65.00

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