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Hand Building Techniques (Ceramics Class) Hardcover – Import, May 1, 1999
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Joaquim Chavarria, a professor of ceramics and sculpture at the Escuela Massana in Barcelona, Spain, is also the author of the best-selling The Big Book of Ceramics.
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After the usual (at this point somewhat annoying) discussion about types of clay, etc., same as in almost every such book, there are lot of projects. a LOT. The 'finished' pieces are unfinished and very un-pretty as shown. The author doesn't talk about surfaces or anything but covers many crucial approaches to constructing a variety of farms. It's not an inspirational book that way. But each of them demonstrates a different method for building, with a lot of handy tips, and of course all of them can be refined and interpreted in infinite ways. It's not an advanced book by any means, but it's well thought out, clear and the many rather awful lumpy forms he ends up with invite lots of variation. I didn't give it the fifth star because it'd be nicer if the author demonstrated techniques for refining and actually making these items beautiful - I think cleaning and finishing techniques get short shrift in most books of this sort and it's a shame. But by and large, it's a very helpful book.
It adds insult to injury that this 60 (!) page book seems to be written without any intent to provide value for the cost.
I wanted t make everything shown in it! When I ordered it, I noticed the author, Joaquim Chavarria had two other clay books, so I ordered those two also, and got free shipping on all three. Oh yes, I am WAY ove the age of 13.