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Working with Clay

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ISBN-10: 0131963937

ISBN-13: 9780131963931

Edition: 3rd 2010 (Revised)

Authors: Susan Peterson

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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. The text offers rich pictorial guidance throughout, both inspiring and instructing students with over 650 color illustrations. It includes a pictorial timeline of ceramic art history; and exposes students to a gallery of ceramic art, from traditional to avant-garde. The third edition is thoroughly updated throughout.
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Book details

List price: $129.40
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 12/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 11.10" wide x 8.86" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Preface to the Third Edition
The Safety Aspect
The World of Ceramics
Clay and Pottery
History's Influence on the Ceramic Art of Today
Functional vs Sculptural
Types of Ceramic Wares
What is Clay?
What is a Clay Body?
Alternative clays and additions
Why Mix Your Own Clay Body?
Methods of Mixing Clay Bodies
Storing the Clay
How important is fired shrinkage and absorption?
How to reclaim scrap clay
What is Glaze?
Firing Ceramics
The Craft of Working with Clay by Hand
Getting Started
Tools for Working
Wedging Clay
Building by Hand: Introduction
Hand-building Techniques
Pinching clay
Coil method, smooth or textured
Learning from Techniques used by Indigenous Peoples
Methods of forming
Altering While Building
Changing clay surface
Coloring with mineral/ vegetable matter
Working with Plaster
How to make a mold
Casting Slip into Molds
Make Your Own Casting Slip or Buy It Ready-made
How to Mix Plaster and Pour a Form
Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
Anyone can Learn to Throw...
To the Beginner
Steps in Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
Position at the wheel
Opening the ball
Practice These Five Shapes
Pull up and shape a cylinder
Half-spherical shape
Full spherical shape
Sphere and cylinder combined
Low open form
Other Shapes are Variations
Lids and flanges
Teapot, coffee pot
Closed form
Throwing off-the-hump
Trimming Feet
Large Forms from the Wheel
Ceramic Sculpture
What is Ceramic Sculpture?
Using an armature
Drape in a hammock
Over-the-hump slab building
Categories of Sculpture
Sculpture Tools
Fabrication Techniques
Firing for a large sculpture
Finishing Touches
Enhancing the Clay Form
Decorating with Clay
Adding clay to clay
Engobe techniques
Testing and Using Glazes
Glaze composition
Calculating glaze formulas
Why Make Your Own Glaze?
Coloring Glazes
Glaze stains and oxides
Basic glaze batches for low, medium, high temperatures
Reds, yellows, and oranges
Amaco glaze tests
Duncan glaze tests
Hobby-Carrobia (Germany)
glaze tests
Mayco glaze tests
Spectrum glaze tests
Spectrum Multi-color series
Mixing and Storing Glazes
Glaze Application
Decorating with Glaze
Sample Commercial Glazes
Glass is a Ceramic Material
Keep records
Line blends
Glaze Improvizations
Firing Ceramics
Heat Principles
Gas kilns
Electric kilns
Commercial Ready-made Kilns
Paperclay Kilns
Why Build Your Own Kiln?
Firing Principles
Temperature Indicators
Guide-posts for temperature
Pyrometric Temperature Devices
Oxidation and Reduction Atmospheres
Copper reds
Iron celadons and tenmokus
Stacking and Firing Kilns
Bisque firing
Glaze firing
Alternative Firings
Pit firing
Raku firing
Salku firing
Salt firing
Soda firing
Wood firing
Glaze and Firing Problems
The Art of Ceramics
From Idea to Art
Pots and plates
Birds and animals
Figures and heads
Mixed media
The Timeless World History of Ceramic Art
Suggested Projects for Individual Work
Decide on general procedure
Basically functional
Basically sculptural
Suggested Projects for Beginning Hand-building
Progression of Individual Steps in Throwing Projects
Suggested Projects for Clay, Glaze, and Decoration Experiments
Body and glaze development
Design standards to keep in mind
Experimenting with Material Additions to a Base Glaze
Glaze Improvizations
Glaze "Line-blend" Test
Special Low-fire Information
Egyptian paste
Colors for Egyptian paste
Mosaic cement
Low-fire engobe
Some Suggestions for Taking Photographs of your Artwork
Example of a Pottery Studio
Terms Easily Mixed Up
Temperature Equivalents of Orton Cones
Temperature Equivalents of Seger Cones
List of Artists
Information Sources
Photo Credits