Hands in Clay : An Introduction to Ceramics

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-01-08
  • Publisher: MCG (Manual)
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This is the only introductory ceramics text available that combines a thorough appreciation of the aesthetics of ceramic art with extensive discussions of the history of ceramics as well as techniques for working in clay.

Author Biography

Charlotte F. Speight is the author of Make It in Clay (1997) and Images in Clay Sculpture (1983). She studied painting and ceramics in Paris, at the Yale School of Fine Arts, and at Cranbrook Academy of Art; she is also a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute in sculpture. Her visual arts background also includes theater set and costume design, magazine art direction, and teaching art. In addition to writing in the arts, Speight has traveled widely, interviewing ceramic artists and lecturing on ceramics in the United States, Mexico, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and England. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. John Toki is a member of the faculty at the California College of Arts and Crafts and co-author of Make It in Clay. He served as technical advisor to the European Ceramics Work Center, the Netherlands, and has worked in the ceramics industry for thirty-five years, currently as president of Leslie Ceramic Supply Company, Inc., in Berkeley, California. Toki also maintains a career in sculpture and has completed numerous public art commissions. He has exhibited at the California Museum in Oakland, California; The Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; and at galleries in the United States and Europe. Toki has lectured in Turkey, Taiwan, and Canada and has visited artists' studios in Europe, Mexico, and Japan.

Table of Contents


1. An Introduction to Clay

2. Early Western Asia and the Mediterranean

3. Asia

4. Africa

5. Indigenous America

6. Europe

7. The United States

8. Worldwide Interaction

9. The Artist's Vision

10. Getting Started

11. Handbuilding

12. Throwing on the Wheel

13. Working with Molds

14. Texture, Color, and Glaze

15. Firing

16. Installations, Large-Scale and Architectural Works

17. Setting Up Your Studio



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