Ceramic Process A Manual and Source of Inspiration for Ceramic Art and Design

ISBN-10: 0812239326
ISBN-13: 9780812239324
Edition: 2006
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Description: Drawn from the resources at the EKWC, this volume elucidates every aspect of the ceramic process, from wedging clay to packing kilns. This useful resource will be valuable to potters of every skill level. Extensively and vividly illustrated, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 12/5/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.718
Language: English

Drawn from the resources at the EKWC, this volume elucidates every aspect of the ceramic process, from wedging clay to packing kilns. This useful resource will be valuable to potters of every skill level. Extensively and vividly illustrated, the book demonstrates complicated techniques visually. In addition to the helpful diagrams, works produced at EKWC are used as examples of the methods described in the text, offering specific uses for procedures. The Ceramic Process emphasizes the experimentation with materials and technique that is crucial to a potter's development and success. Ultimately, the reader will gain an understanding of every aspect--artistic as well as technical--of the creation of ceramic pieces.

Foreword
Introduction
Author's note and acknowledgements
Material, method and process
Understanding material and processes
The consequence of form
Choosing a method of making
Clay body and casting slip
Properties of a clay body and casting slip
Ingredients
Types of clay bodies
Formulating a clay body recipe
Using colouring oxides and ceramic pigments
Preparing a plastic clay body or plemp body
Preparing a casting slip or plemp body
Storing
Preparations prior to making
Taking size and weight into consideration
Means of transport
Foundation base in general
Foundation base for large and complex pieces
Handbuilding
Coiling and slab-building
Throw-and-coil method
Slabs and tiles
Extruding
Modelling a solid piece
Building around a core
Multi-segmented pieces
Finishing and smoothing
Joining and mending
Using Moulds
Moulds and mould systems
Materials for moulds and model-making
The model
Considerations before making a mould
Making a casting mould
Making a sculpture mould
Drying moulds
Summary of the main points
Slipcasting
Press-moulding
Plemping
Smooth surface
Joining and mending
Drying
Drying shrinkage
Tension build-up
Drying stages
Critical drying phase
Drying conditions
Controlled drying
Controlled fast drying
When is a piece dry?
Firing Biscuit
Kilns
Loading a kiln for biscuit firing
Biscuit firing
Analysing faults apparent after biscuit firing
Glazes and (sinter) engobes
Sintering and fusion
Properties of a glaze and (sinter) engobe
Ingredients
Formulating a glaze
Formulating engobes
Formulating a sinter engobe
Testing a glaze or (sinter) engobe
Preparing and applying glazes and (sinter) engobes
Painting and decoration
Maiolica
Underglaze
Onglaze
(Precious metal) lustre
Terra sigillata
What makes a good terra sigillata?
Preparing a batch of terra sigillata
Terra sigillata and colour
Applying terra sigillata
Firing temperatures
Terra sigillata recipes
Firing glazes
Loading a glaze kiln
Glaze firing
Once-firing
Reduction firing
Analysing faults apparent after the glaze firing
Non-ceramic treatment
Etching
Sandblasting
Painting
Gluing
Advanced section: clay
What is clay?
Testing a clay body
Testing a casting slip
Testing a plemp body
Advanced section: glaze
What is a glaze?
Testing glazes and (sinter) engobes
Advanced section: terra sigillata
Determining a terra sigillata recipe
Unity formulas and percentage analyses
Further reading
Glaze calculation software
Suppliers list
Names of participants 1991-2003
Index

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