From firing to finishing, this definitive reference on raku--now in paperback--is a must-have for artists of all skill levels. Ceramists will be informed and inspired by this attractive hands-on book, which focuses on techniques, not projects. It's packed with ideas, designs, and recipes, and covers every aspect of the raku process: types of clay, forming techniques, decoration, glazes, kilns and kiln construction, and much more. A beautiful gallery of works from around the world provides extra creative motivation.
Steven Branfman enjoys an international reputation as a successful potter, writer, teacher, and businessman. In 1977 he founded The Potters Shop and School, which has become nationally known. Steven's raku ware has appeared in over 150 group and one-person exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the US and abroad, and can be found in numerous permanent collections. He is the author of Raku: A Practical Approach and The Potters Professional Handbook, and writes frequently for craft and pottery magazines. Articles by or about him have appeared in Ceramics Monthly, The Crafts Report, Clay Times, Boston Globe, Studio Potter, and Pottery Making Illustrated. Steven currently teaches at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts.