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Ceramics for Beginners: Surfaces, Glazes & Firing (A Lark Ceramics Book) Hardcover – August 3, 2010

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How to best demystify the terms and techniques surrounding ceramics? Ask Cleveland-based studio artist and author (Making & Installing Handmade Tiles, 2008) Pozo, a tile specialist, who walks readers—one method at a time—through the designs appropriate for each stage of claydom. With the assumption that the forming and shaping of clay has already been mastered, the author tackles the basics, featuring one of the best explanations of pre-ceramics stages around, plus its design elements, inspirational sparks, and the ABC’s of tools and studio safety. Next appear the more than 20 decorative techniques, grouped by clay stages. Whether the easy-to-emulate impressing of the application of terra sigillata (slip that contains only the finest particles of clay), Pozo approaches each with a clear mandate: list necessary tools, ensure that design considerations are well detailed (and tie each photograph to the appropriate text via numerical references), and feature enough photographs of sequences and finished pieces to act as a quasi-hands-on class. Tips, too, are great sources for producing quality wares. The next-best learning experience to a face-to-face encounter. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

Angelica Pozo is the author of the best-selling Making & Installing Handmade Tiles. Her site-specific public art is installed at various public institutions in Ohio, while her studio work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in America.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Lark Ceramics Book
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600592457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592454
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is wonderful for all aspects of pottery. Great photographs, great descriptions of different firings and glaze recipes. Nic e projects with some inspiring designs. I would recommend this book.
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I gave this four stars because the information in the book is good. Lots of techniques are explained clearly. You see a wide variety of surface decoration. The only thing about the book I didnt like was Angelica Pozo's example creations. Its hard to be inspired by good methods when the end result shown as an example is so ugly. (Maybe I'm just not a fan of her artwork) We can all take the methods and apply them to our own work and designs ofcourse and make things that are beautiful.
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I first checked this book out of my local library, then decided I HAD to own a copy, so looked to buy one on Amazon. This is a simply gorgeous book and techniques are illustrated and explained in detail. I highly recommend it, particularly for someone who does not have access to a ceramics class or instructor.
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