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Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker [Hardcover]

Louisa Taylor
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Book Description

25 Sep 2011

Ceramics is a beautiful and authoritative reference book by multi-award-winning ceramicist, Louisa Taylor. Comprehensive and visually arresting, it is a compelling examination of ceramics design, materials and techniques.

The book takes the reader through the entire design process, covering handbuilding, throwing, firing, glazing, decorating and finishing. Louisa examines traditional methods as well as gorgeous contemporary styles and adaptations, offering a unique insight into the art and craft of ceramics for today’s artisan.

Throughout the book, techniques are accompanied by beautiful colour photos of finished works by contemporary artists including Chris Kennan, Prue Venables, Alice Mara and Natasha Daintry, offering both a practical illustration of the process described, and a wealth of inspiration for any aspiring ceramicist.

Twelve artist profiles highlight the range of methods and styles employed by today’s makers, showcasing the exciting work of contemporary ceramics’ leading names. Rounding off the book, the comprehensive resource section details the practicalities of learning about and presenting and selling ceramics in today’s accessory market.

Combining the best elements of a coffee table book and a practical guide, Ceramics is sure to inspire amateurs, professionals, art teachers and collectors alike.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (25 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906417679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906417673
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘With its lovely coffee table qualities, this book is a welcome addition to the ceramics how-to library. It is well-produced, with good images, a varied selection of examples, and comprehensive information about techniques. Strongly recommended for new ceramists.’

(Ceramic Review )

‘Impressive…filled from cover to cover with beautiful photography.’

(Handmade Living )

‘Handsomely illustrated…Written by a talented young ceramicist, it is all you need to keep up to speed with contemporary pottery.’

(Coast )

About the Author

Louisa Taylor graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2006 with a Masters degree in Ceramics & Glass. Since graduating, she has been featured in respected design publications, and her work has also earned design and development awards. Alongside making her own range of tableware, Louisa lectures on ceramics for the BA (Hons) / M Des / MFA Design and Craft degrees at the University of Brighton, and consults as a freelance designer for industry, including concept/form development and colour consultancy.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Books on ceramics are numerous and as the scope of the subject matter is so very wide and varied, the writer has many challenges when setting out to tackle the breadth and depth of the material in a manner that is useful, informative, accurate and most importantly, appealing so you want to return to it again and again. Few books have achieved this, Susan Peterson's The Art and Craft of Clay springs to mind, also her biographies of Shoji Hamada, Lucy Lewis and Maria Martinez and closer to home, Jack Doherty's and Peter Lane's books on porcelain also have the same tone of authority balanced by photos of exemplary work. But books that attempt to capture a fuller picture of ceramic tools and techniques are smaller in number and the excellent ones are even rarer.

Louisa Taylor's book is engaging and captivating from the very start. The photography is simply excellent so just a quick browse through leaves you with an initial visual impression of the content and it looks promising already. As I went through the sections on the second run at a slower pace, it was the scope of the material that came to the forefront and again, I was very impressed by the span of topics covered. Louisa treats each section with a methodical and methodological attention to detail which makes for clear instruction and subsequently a response of gratitude for such precise writing and considerable research. As you go from section to section, you can feel and appreciate the vision and effort required to produce this book which must have required huge reserves of the love of making and even more amounts of commitment to see the project through.

The editing and layout of the book is another area of delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - lots of ideas 2 Feb 2014
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A very practical book. Well illustrated and with clear instructions. Great to flick through and get ideas or a good guide if one wants to follow through some of their suggestions. I'm sure this would be good both for the beginner and for those who want some new ideas.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing 6 May 2012
By lynsey adams VINE VOICE
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Despite the five star reviews, I found this book to be something of a disappointment.

It is well produced, the photographs (of which there could have been more) are excellent, it is a large chunk of book for a very good price on Amazon. The work it shows is of the cool, clean and very contemporary kind, and everything in totally up to the minute. There are sections on all the basics such as preparing clay, coiling, pinching, throwing etc, as well as more advanced techniques. There are several (rather short) bios of contemporay ceramists with examples of their work, and it would have been less annoying if these could have been a bit longer, or if there had been more of them. It is a book that would grace any coffee table - if that is what you want. (But this is not what the title implies).

And yet...ultimately I personally found it disappointing. Although the book is elegantly hefty, somehow there doesn't seem to be very much in it, and at the end I didn't feel satisfied. Maybe the autor tried to include so many aspects of ceramics that nothing was really covered in enough depth to be really helpful.

Although the photographs are excellent, for me the whole book gives the feeling of being rather too minimalist, too 'cool'. Probably intentionally so, given it's very contemporary nature - which I have no argument with - it does make a change from seeing the work of the same chosen few all over again, and there is certainly nothing of the twee or overly traditional in the book. The images are new, with none that I have seen in other books - which does sometimes happen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a very motivating read... 23 Sep 2011
By Mimsy
I have read alot of different ceramics books over the years none of which made quite as much sense as this one. All of the featured makers are current and work that I was familiar with so it was great to get a insight into their processes. I would definatly recommend this book as I immediatly wanted to go and make things.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed 7 July 2014
By Verito
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I already have the ceramic bible and the information in this book is exactly the same..
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