Ceramics: The Indispensable Guide

by Firefly Books

A comprehensive and ambitious workshop reference for amateur, student and professional ceramicists. Illustrated with more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, this comprehensive workshop reference brings together a vast range of skills, techniques and technical data in one volume to provide an essential look-it-up resource. The book is organized into eight parts with 63 topic chapters on creating ceramic work and running a professional workshop. The book includes: 1. Materials, Tools, and Process -- The raw material clay, varieties available and uses; directory of equipment and tools with skill level ratings; making a "beginner's kit"; setting up a workshop; health and safety; overview of the ceramic process. 2. Forming Techniques -- Forming techniques, from hand-building to wheel-throwing, lathe and whirler turning; computer-aided design; order of work. 3. Prefiring Surface Decoration -- Color and texture, including slip, direct screen printing, burnishing. 4. Firing -- Choosing a kiln; options from electric kilns to experimental processes; kiln diagrams. 5. Glazing -- Protecting ceramic surfaces, glaze recipes and application methods. 6. Post-glaze Surface Decoration -- Screen and digital printing, enamels, lusters, and more. 7. Design -- Finding inspiration and recording it in a technical drawing which others can use. 8. Professional Practice -- Setting up a studio, pricing, photography, promotion, exhibiting, commissions. Authors: Duncan Hooson, Anthony Quinn 320pp., 8.5x11 paperback ISBN: 9781770859302

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