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The Complete Potter's Companion Paperback – April 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; Rev Sub edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821224956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821224953
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tony Birks is internationally renowned in the field. He writes for Ceramic Monthly and wrote Bernard Leach, Hamada and Their Circle, and The Complete Potter's Companion.

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It is beautifully written and illustrated.
spud256
I would highly recommend this book to both beginners and/or experienced potters.
Jolene
I also found many creative ideas that sparked my own creativity.
Wendy K. Hoover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By spud256 on September 3, 2002
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I purchased this book based on previous reviews and was not disappointed! I find this to be the easiest to read and most useful of all my pottery books. If you could only have one book on pottery, this would be a good choice. It is beautifully written and illustrated. I found the advise and methods in it extreamly sensible and user friendly. I have only been potting for a couple of years, and found much to learn. There are chapters on clay, glazing, decorating, method for wheel and hand building, and much more. The author de-mystifies glazing and gives several recipes for different cone temperatures that you could actually make yourself (and without even knowing the molecular weights!). I really appreciated the common sense, classroom approach and highly recommend this book to anyone interested in pottery.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stokstad on August 28, 2000
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I recently spent a long evening at the bookstore perusing all the ceramics instruction books, and this was the best of the batch. It is well laid-out and has beautiful photographs of techniques and finished projects, but what really sets it apart is the clear and elegant writing. An excellent book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By designer@cybrtyme.com on October 18, 1998
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As usual a Birks book is complete. Pictures, detail instructions, and more pictures. Many ideas for the beginner and experienced potter. Large format and National Geographic quality will make any purchaser happy they ordered this book. The only subject not covered in detail is the building of a kiln.If you want to construct your own kiln this is not the book for you. However, all other subjects are thoroughly explained.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Debra on August 16, 2000
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This book is a combination of basic all-around information on pottery techniques that is presented with lots of examples of beautifull pieces that will get your creative juices flowing. It covers a wide range of subjects including basic turning, handles and spouts, coiling, slabwork, pinching, extruding, molding, glazing and decorating. This book really lives up to its name. Every time I open this book, I get a new idea. Great stuff!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By kyara on July 22, 2002
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The potter's companion, is exactly that, a book containing a broad range of everything you need to know about making pottery from clays to glazes. There is something for both beginner and advanced potter: there are pictorial demonstrations of how to make something on a wheel as well as some breathtaking designs from experienced potters. The book itself has a lovely glossy feel and is beautifully presented - it is a joy to browse.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. Carley on February 5, 1999
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This is a fantastic book for the first-time potter or for someone experienced hoping to learn more. The only weakness was too few photos of finished products to see the results of techniques being described in the book. Otherwise, a fun book that will inspire you to learn more about your craft!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jolene on February 11, 2002
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I got this book as a Christmas present from 3 of my dearest friends last year and it has just been a FANTASTIC source of inspiration and information since. Projects were easy to follow and instructions were clear, illustrated with lots of nicely taken photos to guide you every step of the way. I would highly recommend this book to both beginners and/or experienced potters.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Russell on February 18, 2003
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What a great book for all of us clay lovers. Not overwhelming yet offers information on about everything you need to know. I've had this book for several years and I keep getting out again and again.
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