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Low-firing and Burnishing (Ceramics Handbooks) [Paperback]

Sumi von Dassow
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16 Oct 2009 Ceramics Handbooks
This book covers techniques of firing and finishing at low temperature without using glazes. Many ancient cultures and contemporary potters use methods of low firing, adding slips and burnishing pieces to create a more natural finish. The advantages are that it can be done without a kiln using old dustbins, pits dug out of the earth, or bonfires, meaning that providing you have outdoor space, it can be done on a low budget. This book is a step-by-step practical approach and beginner's guide, which focuses on how to do low firing and natural finishes, with many illustrations of beautiful work by contemporary makers. Chapters include burnishing, terra sigillata, smoke-firing, pit-firing, saggar firing and raku techniques.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (16 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408106361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408106365
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A very useful reference work if starting out on burnishing & low fired finishes for pots'
--London Potters

About the Author

Sumi von Dassow makes burnished pottery, teaches at a centre for traditional arts, and runs occasional pit-firing workshops. She contributes articles for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated. The American Ceramic Society have previously published books by her; Barrel, Pit and Saggar Firing, in 2001, and Electric Kiln Pottery in 2003.

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5.0 out of 5 stars pottery firing 28 July 2010
Excellent information in this book which was good value for money. Simple easy-to-do DIY examples of kiln building, good book to have for ceramists and hobby ceramists, Paulinep
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5.0 out of 5 stars Low firing and burnishing 25 Aug 2013
By Susan
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This book is an inspiration for those of us who are starting to smoke fire their work. The burnishing section is very well illustrated and includes great tips on how to make your pots shine. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The man's a genius... 29 Jan 2010
By frankie
To be able to get an insight into the work of master potter, Ian Garrett, is a real treat. The zulu pots, that he designs and burnishes, push back the boundaries of traditional zulu ceramics and takes the art form onto another level. If you don't own one of these pots already then I advise you to beg, borrow or steal to get one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's exactly what it says it is... 30 April 2011
By matthew mejia - Published on Amazon.com
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It's nice to buy a book that covers what it says it covers. All too often I've gotten excited about some area a book says it will cover, only to find my topic of interest was mentioned only in passing.

In this book, Sumi covers low firing in a variety of methods as well as typical and more contemporary decoration elements associated with low firing. The book explains the modern pit firing methods using a variety of chemicals as well as the use of barrel firing, raku and incorporating sagger firing using these methods or in your standard kiln. Beyond this, Sumi demonstrates both knowledge and respect for the traditional methods of pit firing methods. If one is interested in this, it comes as no surprise that most books on the subject are not "how to" pottery books but rather books by collectors of traditional pottery. In this book Sumi covers the methods of the Pueblo and Mata Ortiz potters with a level of detail, with the context of other pit firing, that one can attempt these methods without feeling that you have to guess about some of the details or that you have to visit the Reservations to talk with potters. Though, if you have the chance, go to the Reservations and talk to the potters!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough 7 Jun 2013
By HappyCamper - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm planning to try, for the first time in my life, making pottery using the low fire technique. I really don't like the idea of a Kiln, and want to make large objects. This is perfect because it shows everything you need to be successful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! Gotta have love for art! Gotta love the 500 Series! 29 Jan 2013
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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Will gladly buy more books from this seller!

Fast shipping and well packaged! I'm a happy with my 500 series! Got more 9 so far! It's time to start reading to gain more knowledge!

I'm a happy camper! Beach, books, and coffee! Ciao!
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