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Ceramics, Pottery and Porcelain
Traditional Pottery of India by Jane Perryman
Pottery has a long history in India. Over the centuries it has been used for domestic ware, votive pieces and for architecture. Each area of the country is known for its different styles, decorations and ways of making. In this book, the author, not only looks at Indian pottery but also at the communities who make it, their organization, history and philosophy.
Sources of Inspiration: For Ceramics and the Applied Arts by Carolyn Genders
This book contains a wealth of images - of both natural and manmade objects - that will spark the imagination of all who see them. In this book the author shows how these images can be visually abstracted and then refined and developed to create beautiful patterns and designs. The result is a useful guide to how the creative process works and a glorious sourcebook of images.
The Potter's Guide to Ceramic Surface Decoration Techniques by Jo Connell
This practical directory details a comprehensive range of decoration techniques, from processes at the raw clay stage (including textures, moulds and painting) to underglaze decoration, special glaze firings and alternative firing techniques. Designed for both the novice and the experience potter, this guide will inspire and encourage potters to explore new techniques and combine them in a fresh and creative way.
Setting Up a Pottery Workshop by Alistair Young
This book is a handy guide to setting up a pottery workshop. It covers not only fundamental questions such as types of premises, design and layout of the workshop, equipment and materials, and how to make simple tools, but also questions of marketing and promotion, legal considerations and finance. To illustrate these points, the author discusses how various potters have tackled the issues raised and gives illustrations of a wide range of different workshops.
Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques by James C. Watkins
Ceramicists searching for new ways to fire their creations now have a wealth of options. The plans range from an easy, affordable and versatile Raku Kiln to a unique wood-fuelled Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel kiln. 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.
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