on 17 March 2011
This book is a practical guide and will be relevant to anyone considering to establishing a workshop. It offers useful information and guidance on the type of problems which potters will encounter. There are many good sections including equipment, tools, kilns, business practice and selling. I was particularly interested in the examples of a variety of established workshops ranging from a room in a domestic house to large rural workshops in converted farm buildings. Each section also deals with relevant health and safety issues.
The previous reviewer who complained that he was not told which clay to use doesn't understand that this will depend on the requirements of each individual potter and process used, Raku, handbuilding, throwing etc. Truly a personal choice and not one to be second guessed by the author.
on 19 November 2009
Alistair Young's book is an excellent guide, full of practical suggestions and covering a wide variety of important considerations, including firing methods and building techniques. No two studios are the same. Pottery is not an exact science, there is therefore not always just one way of going about constructing a pottery. Given that the authour has had personal contact (through teaching, as well as running his own pottery) with many of the very well known potters mentioned in this book, he is able to show you examples of their work and how they have gone about things. Lots of useful little wrinkles (tips). It is an instructive and helpful book. It is not for those who want a list of instructions as if building a plastic kit, it is a source of inspiration. Look up Clay Hill Potters and see how these people benefitted from Mr. Young's advice.
on 10 June 2009
Phil Rogers' Throwing Pots book in this series I found very useful, so I had similar expectations for this. Unfortunately, it covers too wide a range of subjects in too few pages to go into any topic in useful detail. I wanted real specifics about what clays, glazes and equipment to buy, where to get them, how to make tools, what furniture to buy/make and and, well... how to set up a pottery workshop. Too much of this book is filler: murky photographs or inane comments like 'home-made packaging can be made from supermarket carrier bags filled with crumpled paper.' A waste of money.