Created for Art/Ceramic and Studio Foundations courses at the undergraduate level. Written by a world-renowned ceramist and leading expert in the field, this introductory book describes the initial processes of handbuilding, wheel throwing, plaster mold making, decoration, glaze application and firing techniques in a simple, easy-to-follow narrative. Strictly for the beginning ceramic student, it offers rich pictorial guidance throughout, both inspiring and instructing students with 500 full color photographs of processes and clayworks. It includes a pictorial timeline of ceramic art history; and exposes students to a gallery of ceramic art, from traditional to avant garde.
Table of Contents
1. The World of Ceramics. 2. The Craft of Working with Clay by Hand. 3. Throwing on the Potter's Wheel. 4. Finishing Touches. 5. Firing Ceramics. 6. The Art of Ceramics. 7. The Timeless World History of Ceramic Art. Compendium. 1. Suggested Projects for Individual Work. 2. Suggested Projects for Beginning Hand-Building. 3. Progression of Individual Steps in Throwing. 4. Suggested Projects for Clay, Glaze, and Decoration Experiments. 5. Experimenting with Material Additions to a Base Glaze. 6. Glaze Improvisations. 7. Glaze “Line-Blend” Test. 8. Special Low-Fire Information. 9. Example of a Pottery Studio. 10. Temperature Equivalents of Orton and Seger Cones. Glossary. List of Artists. Information Sources. Bibliography. Photo Credits. Index.