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Ceramics: A Potter's Handbook [Paperback]

Richard Burkett , Glenn C. Nelson

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20 Dec 2001
This classic handbook introduces students to the fundamentals of the ceramic arts, beginning with a comprehensive history of ceramic materials, techniques, and practices up to the present day and then moving to a detailed presentation of ceramic techniques from the most basic to the complex. This new edition has been thoroughly updated throughout to incorporate the many new resources and materials available to ceramists as well as the most current techniques and technical and safety information.

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1. Clay. 2. Early Ceramic History. 3. Later Ceramic History. 4. Recent Ceramics: The Twentieth Century. 5. Clay in the Studio. 6. Hand-Building Techniques. 7. Wheel Techniques. 8. Surface and Glazing. 9. Glazes: Formulation and Types. 10. Glazes: Calculations and Chemicals. 11. Kilns and Firing.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for beginners as well as seasoned ceramicists 6 Jan 2002
By August West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A wealth of knowledge can be found in this timeless book that covers all the major aspects of ceramics.
For the novice, it covers the the world's history of ceramics. Discusses clay and glaze compositions and gives step
by step explanations of the various techniques from wheel throwing to hand building to making plaster molds for
slip casting.
For the advanced ceramist, there is good information of various kilns and their construction. It offers analysis of
several major clays, frits, and feldspars as well as other useful reference tables including some recipes for
glazes from low fire to high fire.
I first bought the book in '82 as a college freshman and it has proven a valuable aid ever since. It is on the top of
my "required reading" list for anyone interested in getting involved with studio ceramics.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for students 29 April 2009
By Louis Katz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I use this book with my beginning students. It is rare that I read a ceramics book and find no significant problems. It is well written and full of information and good illustrations. I recommend it highly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epiphany and resurrection of an venerable important text 29 Mar 2009
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have 3 (including editions 1 & 5) of this ground breaking text by Glen C Nelson. It seems the driving force behind this new and spectacular presentation of edition 6 is Richard Burkett. His fingerprints are all over the glaze section among others. This volume is a MUST HAVE AT ALL COSTS for any novice and master potter alike. I now have a new "Bible" for my studio. Special thanks to Glen Nelson who has inspired millions of us with his dynamite dedication to teaching and setting a stellar height of perfection to our craft. He is a living legend in my mind and soul.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 5 Aug 2008
By Phoenix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of my all-time favorite references. I really love this book. It was a "suggested reading" in my pottery class, and I am very glad I purchased it. I'm an artist that is just as much about researching and understanding as I am about the actual doing and studio side of my work. This book is a treat and I highly recommend it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Old school 18 Nov 2009
By Fredrick C. - Published on Amazon.com
Has the basics from beginning to end. Recipes for glazes are dated as most are lead based, but it's an old book. I paid .18 cents for and it was worth that. My other books I purchased were newer and a better investment. I find it hard to believe that the asking price for the newest version of this book would worth it. Most of the information I was looking for was nothing more than a general overview.
If you get this book don't spend a bunch on it.....it's Ok at best
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