LEVEL: 6th form onwards. This contemporary guide to clay techniques, tools, and traditions is as inspirational as it is practical. Supported by a clear, step-by-step illustrations, this comprehensive resource details a range of hand building and wheel throwing techniques. From the properties of clay to decoration and firing, all information presented is shown against a rich backdrop of dynamic professional and student work. While encouraging students of varying abilities to explore their own unique style and interests, basic to advanced studio opportunities highlight teaching tips and safety notes at point of use. Friendly and definitive, this stimulating guide to clay is ideal as an introductory text for a studio course from Art I to Ceramics IV. The student text explores ancient traditions and historic innovations. It also includes carefully crafted lessons organised for success in creating art and mastering key concepts and skills while introducing students to: Contemporary masters; Cutting-edge works of art; New media; Techniques and safety precautions; Current careers in art.