Best Pottery & Ceramic Craft Books
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1. Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coils, and More (Mastering Ceramics)
Author: by Sunshine Cobb
From pinch pots to coiled boxes to soft slab tableware, mastering hand building is a lifelong pursuit. In this book, Sunshine Cobb covers all the foundational skills, with lessons for constructing both simple and complex forms from clay. Ceramic artists will also find a variety of next-level techniques and tips: designing templates and replicating pieces, lidded vessels, using molds, a variety of decorative techniques, and other avenues of exploration are all inside.
Artist features and inspirational galleries include work from today’s top working artists, such as Bryan Hopkins, Lindsay Oesterritter, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Bandana Pottery, Shoko Teruyama, Courtney Martin, Sam Chung, Deborah Schwartzkopf, and many more. Take your hand building skillsand your artworkto the next level with Mastering Hand Building.
The Mastering Ceramics series is for artists who never stop learning. With compelling projects, expert insight, step-by-step photos, and galleries of work from today’s top artists, these books are the perfect studio companions. Also available from the series: Mastering the Potter’s Wheel and Mastering Kilns and Firing.
2. How to Price Crafts and Things You Make to Sell: Successful Craft Business Ideas for Pricing on Etsy, to Stores, at Craft Shows & Everywhere Else
Author: by James Dillehay
Are your handmade goods struggling to find buyers? Learn effective tactics to make that cash register ring. Are your sales humming, but you’re operating in the red? Are you making high-quality items but can’t seem to move enough product? Is your current online store failing to attract customers?
With decades of experience as a master craftsman and educator, savvy marketer James Dillehay’s work has been featured in shops and galleries, at competitive shows, and online on Etsy and Amazon. Now he’s here to share how he cracked the code on what to charge, and how to package your merchandise for maximum profitability.
How to Price Crafts and Things You Make to Sell is a modern-day roadmap for rate-setting strategies in the competitive handmade-products industry. With oodles of real-world examples, Dillehay’s time-tested techniques will help you refine your presentation and understand your market to hit the monetary sweet spot.
And by following his commonsense approach, the fruits of your labor will reach an excited audience eagerly clamoring for your next masterpiece. In How to Price Crafts and Things You Make to Sell, you’ll discover:Innovative ways to make your handcrafted wares stand out over other sellersHow to set prices higher while keeping shoppers clicking that buy buttonLogical approaches to position one-of-a-kind items in the premium dollar rangeTax secrets to help you maximize your home business deductionsMethods for spotting trends to skyrocket profits, and much, much more!
3. Amazing Glaze: Techniques, Recipes, Finishing, and Firing (Mastering Ceramics)
Author: by Gabriel Kline
“This book made me fall in love with glaze all over again.” Ben Carter, author of Mastering the Potter’s Wheel Whether you look forward to glazing your work or are guilty of saying “I hate glazing!” Amazing Glaze is for you.
Join author and Odyssey Clayworks founder Gabriel Kline on a journey that makes glazing less intimidating and more fun. Start in the “glaze kitchen” where you’ll set yourself up for success, then move on to learning the tools and techniques for getting your glaze right every time.
Along the way, Gabriel shares dozens of tried-and-true recipes and combinations for both mid-range and high-fire glazes. The recipes and foundational techniques of Amazing Glaze are just the beginning. Learn about layering with slip and underglaze, work with resists, and combine techniques to take your glazing above and beyond.
Whether you’re after crystalline effects, an elusive red, or a crash-course in applying decals it’s all here. A variety of artist features and stunning gallery work from today’s top artists will leave you inspired and ready to get glazing.
4. Mastering the Potter's Wheel: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Potters (Mastering Ceramics)
Author: by Ben Carter
Take your skillsand your workto the next level. Mastering the Potter’s Wheel starts with an introduction to wheel-throwing, from centering to creating the basic forms. What pushes this book beyond the competition, however, are the techniques offered in the chapters that follow.
From a variety of methods for throwing large objects such as pitchers and platters, to alterations, darting, and paddling, this book offers potters a world of possibilities. With galleries featuring today’s top working artists, including Kyle Carpenter, Sam Chung, Chandra DeBuse, Julia Galloway, Martha Grover, Ayumie Horie, Forrest Lesch-Middleton, Kristen Kieffer, Kathy King, Matt Long, Alex Matisse, Lorna Meaden, Doug Peltzman, Mackenzie Smith, Shawn Spangler, and many more, you’ll also find page after page of inspiration.
The Mastering Ceramics series is for artists who never stop learning. With compelling projects, expert insight, step-by-step photos, and galleries of work from today’s top artists, these books are the perfect studio companions. Also available from the series: Mastering Hand Building and Mastering Kilns and Firing.
5. The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at Cones 4-7 (Lark Ceramics Books)
Author: by John Britt
According to Ceramics Monthly, approximately 75% of potters glaze their pieces at mid-range temperaturesand this complete studio guide eliminates the guesswork from the popular process. Along with hundreds of recipes, it explores mixing, application, specific firing and cooling cycles, and all the factors that make glazes work.
See how to boost colors with intense stains, washes, and underglazes; achieve stunning results that equal high-fire glazing, and expand the frontiers of mid-range with tips for wood, salt, and soda firing.
6. The Ceramics Bible: The Complete Guide to Materials and Techniques (Ceramics Book, Ceramics Tools Book, Ceramics Kit Book)
Author: by Louisa Taylor
Ceramicists have been plying their art and craft for thousands of years, and never more prolifically than today. The Ceramics Bible is the most comprehensive and up-to-date volume on the subject. Brimming with more than 700 full-color photos and illustrations, this is the new definitive guide for serious ceramics practitioners.
Inside are step-by-step instructions on molding, firing, and glazing techniques, generously accompanied by detailed photographs. Also included are beautiful examples of contemporary work, plus plenty of historical information, artist profiles, troubleshooting tips, and an extensive resource section. Perfect for students, artists, and collectors, this is a tremendously valuable addition to the vibrant world of ceramics.
7. Complete Pottery Techniques: Design, Form, Throw, Decorate and More, with Workshops from Professional Makers
Author: by DK
Discover how to develop your pottery design skills and bring your ideas to life from start to finish. Covering every technique from throwing pottery to firing, glazing to sgraffito, this pottery book is perfect for both hand-building beginners and potting pros.
Step-by-step photographs – some from the potter’s perspective – show you exactly where to place your hands when throwing so you can master every technique you need to know. Plus, expert tips help you rescue your pots when things go wrong.
The next in the popular Artist’s Techniques series, Complete Pottery is the ideal companion for pottery classes of any level, or a go-to guide and inspiration for the more experienced potter looking to expand their repertoire and perfect new skills.
With contemporary design and ideas, Complete Pottery Techniques enables the modern maker to unleash their creativity.
8. 300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets
Author: by Bonnie Fitzgerald
The best-illustrated survey of a spectacular ancient art, now available in an affordable edition Mosaic has been called painting for eternity, and it is in fact one of the few arts of antiquity to survive in something like its original condition and variety.
Mosaic pavements with geometric and figural motifs first appeared in Greece at the end of the fifth century BC and subsequently spread throughout the classical world, from the palaces of emperors and kings to even relatively modest private homes. Across the Mediterranean, local workshops cultivated many distinctive regional styles, while traveling teams of Hellenistic craftsmen produced figural mosaics of stunning refinement, often modeled after famous paintings; indeed, their work constitutes one of our only records of classical Greek painting, which has been almost entirely lost.
The styles and techniques of the ancient mosaicist’s art are given a concise yet authoritative exposition in the first part of this handsome volume. The second, and larger, part conducts the reader on a chronologically ordered tour of the most important centers of the art form’s development, from the Macedonian capital of Pella, whose compositions in natural pebbles set a high artistic standard for mosaics at the beginning of their history, to the Basilica of San Vitale at Ravenna, whose wall and vault mosaics, with their glittering vision of a triumphant Christianity, mark the transition between antiquity and the Middle Ages.
10. The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting (A Lark Ceramics Book)
Author: by Andrew Martin
For potters, mold making is invaluable because it allows them to slip-cast identical multiples of their workand this newly revised, now in color edition of Andrew Martin’s classic is the definitive guide to the craft. No other volume has shown the processes in such how-to detail.
It’s overflowing with hundreds of photos, key techniques, projects, master artist profiles, and troubleshooting tips. A thorough introduction addresses materials and tools, and presents Martin’s simple, unique template method for making clay prototypes. Create easy one-piece molds to make tiles, bowls, and platters, or multi-piece molds for more complex forms.
An extensive overview covers slip formulation, while offering highly desired slip recipes for low-, mid-, and high-fire clay bodies. This will be the standard reference in every ceramist’s library.
11. Practical Pottery: 40 Pottery Projects for Creating and Selling Mugs, Cups, Plates, Bowls, and More (Arts and Crafts, Hobbies, Ceramics, Sculpting Technique)
Author: by Jon Schmidt
Mango (October 27, 2020)
Crafting Pottery for Daily Use#1 Bestseller in Pottery & Ceramics and Sculpture and #1 Most Wished for in Pottery & Ceramic CraftAn introduction to pottery. It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, especially when you have a guide this simple to get you started.
Potter and entrepreneur Jon Schmidt coaxes us into the world of pottery with a promise that we do not have to know everything about the complicated chemistry behind making pottery to enjoy it! By taking us back to the basics, Schmidt offers an introduction to pottery and a guide to creating functional pieces, along with insights into the business side of creating and selling your art.
Focus on functionality. While pottery pieces can be detailed and intricate, Schmidt finds the beauty in more practical pieces. From mugs to bowls, Schmidt shows us a host of functional pieces that we can create using our very own hands.
As a coffee shop owner, Schmidt uses handmade items for everything. And, he uses this pottery book to demonstrate how we too can create beautiful pieces for daily use, and potentially profit from them. Endless ideas for beginners to experienced throwers.
12. 40 Great Stained Glass Projects
Author: by Michael Johnston
A nice collection of small stained-glass projects that would make fine gifts. Nanette Donohue, Library Journal How to make angels, candleholders, suncatchers, mirrors, picture frames, garden ornaments, and more beautiful projects, from easy to more complex Full-size patterns for all 40 projects (plus 2 bonus patterns) Detailed instructions for each project illustrated with a thousand step-by-step photos Includes pro tips from an experienced stained glass artist on soldering, working with lead and foil, building 3-D projects, and more
13. The Polymer Clay Techniques Book
Author: by Sue Heaser
Discover the wealth of creative possibilities that versatile and colorful polymer clay has to offer. Here are all the techniques you need to create oven-clay projects: buttons, beads, jewelry, figurines, boxes, mosaics, and frames. The book begins with some basic techniques to get you started, including rolling, baking, and gluing.
It then moves on to marbling effects, simulating textiles, making frames, building miniature pots, and creating faux stones. Inspirational examples of work from some of the best polymer clay artists in the world will fire your imagination and provide ideas for developing your own designs.
14. Bonnie Fitzgerald's Guide to Mosaic Techniques: The Go-To Source for In-Depth Instructions and Creative Design Ideas
Author: by Bonnie Fitzgerald
This complete resource of mosaic techniques and design ideas is sure to become your go-to reference. With clear step-by-step sequences, mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald shows how to draw up an idea, cut and arrange tiles, and lay designs successfully. All tools, materials, and equipment are clearly explained, and you’ll find helpful hints on setting up a comfortable workspace, as well as essential information on installing your finished mosaics.
Includes 10 project descriptions, such as a mirror frame, table top, house number, and two- and three-dimensional artworks. Plus, you’ll find tips and sample mosaics from some of the world’s leading mosaic artists throughout the book!
15. Mastering Cone 6 Glazes: Improving Durability, Fit and Aesthetics
Author: by John Hesselberth
Echo Point Books & Media
The Essential Guide to Mastering GlazingProfessional craftsmen John Hesselberth and Ron Roy present this invaluable resource for potters working with cone 6 glazes. Compared to the more traditional cone 9 method, the relatively lower firing temperature of cone 6 (2,232F) results in faster kiln heating and cooling times, and the availability of a more diverse color palette for artists to work with.
The different temperature range requires compatible glazes. Beyond that, Mastering Cone 6 Glazes provides a wealth of information for all potters, firing at a variety of temperatures, especially on the subjects of durability and cooling. We at Echo Point Books learned about this book from a veteran professional potter, who urged us to bring it back into print.
We’ve since learned that Mastering Cone 6 Glazes is simply the best book on the topic. It describes all of the elements integral in the cone 6 process in clear, easy-to-understand language. The book begins with a thorough and accessible examination of glaze theory, and features detailed discussions about glaze durability and fit, strength testing, shivering and crazing, and color leaching and fading.
16. Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques: Raku * Saggar * Pit * Barrel (A Lark Ceramics Book)
Author: by James C. Watkins
Ceramicists searching for new ways to fire their creations now have a wealth of options. Authors James Watkins and Paul Wandless, along with a group of distinguished artisans, demonstrate in detail how to build low-cost, low-tech, yet high-quality kilns. The plans range from an easy, affordable, and versatile Raku Kiln to a unique wood-fueled Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel one.
These clever devices make it possible to produce rich surface effects from alternative reduction firing techniques. In addition to showing the basic procedures for using each kiln, easy-to-follow directions for many fast-fire methods unfold in color photographs: You’ll see how to achieve terra sigillata surfaces with direct chemical application, and how to do traditional crackle-glaze raku and smoke finishes.