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The Craft and Art of Clay [Hardcover]

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Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 8.75" Height: 11.5"
Weight:   4.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Overlook Hardcover
ISBN  1585674761  
EAN  9781585674763  

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An introduction to ceramics offers step-by-step illustrations of all ceramic techniques, information on glaze formulas and temperature conversions, as well as a sampling of ceramic pieces from contemporary international potters.

Publishers Description
The Craft and Art of Clay, by leading ceramics teacher Susan Peterson, is the most comprehensive available guide to modern ceramics, packed with step-by-step illustrations of ceramic techniques to guide the beginner as well as inspirational ceramic pieces from contemporary potters from around the world. This completely revised fourth edition contains more than 150 new illustrations and includes profiles of key ceramists who have influenced the field, new material on marketing ceramics on the internet, and added coverage of paperclays, using gold, and alternative glazes. This is the one book no ceramist, whether novice or expert, can do without.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! "Susan Peterson" is Professor Emerita of Ceramics at Hunter College at the City University of New York, and is a practising ceramist whose work has been exhibited throughout the world. Her career spans more than fifty years and includes the founding of five ceramics departments at colleges throughout the United States. She has had her own studio since 1950 and exhibits and lectures in countries around the world, including China. She is also the author of "Working with Clay, Contemporary Ceramics," and "Jun Kaneko."

A member of the International Ceramic Academy, Geneva, she is also a Fellow of the American Craft Council, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NCECA (the National Ceramic Education Council of America), and the prestigious Binns Medal from the American Ceramic Society and the New York State College of Ceramics.

"Jan Peterson" is a high school and college ceramic teacher, ceramic artist, and jeweller.

Susan Peterson currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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Gorgeous art book  Sep 26, 2008
I got this as a text for a college ceramics course, but it is far more than an ordinary text book. Not only is it informative on a variety of ceramic styles and techniques, but features lovely color illustrations of ceramics from a variety of times, places and artistic traditions. It is as much a coffee table book as a text.
The Craft and Art of Clay book  Feb 19, 2007
This book is an excellent reference for different levels of clay/ceramics work. It is a beautiful "coffee table book" as well.
It came in perfect condition.
Very Informative  Mar 20, 2006
I am really enjoying this book. It is full of information and covers just about every aspect of ceramics you can think of. I am teaching a youth ceramics class this summer and am looking forward to having this as a reference!
Excellent Text for Potters of All Skill Levels  Mar 9, 2006
If you are just learning, or are stuck in a rut, this book is a great reference for potters of all skill levels.
Very Comprehensive Survey of Ceramics Techniques & Materials  Jun 10, 2005
This is a large book chock full of information, and provides an in-depth survey of ceramics. There are many photographs about techniques and many illustrations of beautiful artistic ceramics pieces. Also it contains lots of technical information, tables, etc.

Since other reviews have covered the merits of this book quite well, I'll mention a few issues:

First, there are lots of sample photos of different clay bodies under different firings and different glaze colors and combinations, etc., but they are all *way too small* to really see the characteristics of each sample. Also sometimes there is a series of photos, e.g. throwing a pot, building a kiln, and when they are all arranged on the page, each one is too small (and many are b&w, from previous editions?) Otherwise the book is very well illustrated with a wide variety of work.

The glaze discussion does not cover the properties of glaze bases and coloring oxides much at all, which is something I would expect in a book of this comprehensiveness. It does spent some time on commercial fritted stains and Mayco glazes, which other books don't, and can be useful to some, especially for low-temp work. But if you really want to get into glazes, this is not the book.

For many advanced topics, she has just a mention that leaves me hungry for more. E.g. lusters she briefly mentions using and making, but Rhodes has a much more thorough discussion of making lusters. Paperclay is mentioned briefly but not enough to really tell me how to make it or use it. For many of the topics in the book, more detailed discussions are possible and likely available elsewhere. However she has assembled lots of brief mentions of different and experimental work that you might not encounter in other ceramics survey books, so it is useful for knowing what else I want to look into.

[This review pertains to the 4th edition, 2003.]

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