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Lovely book, shame about the content!
on 15 June 2015
First the pros.
Lovely presented book. full of beautiful photographs. Text is well presented and easy to read, has some good ideas.
Now the cons.
As a fairly experienced ceramist looking at this book to help potential students I was disappointed. The book plunges into ceramic terminology without any information about what is going on. You have to fish to the back to find out what she is talking about.
The templates are not great. The one for the jug suggests that you might like to enlarge or reduce it to suit. You would HAVE to enlarge it if you wanted anything more than a jug for a children's tea set, if you reduced it you may be able to put a daisy in it after it was finished but nothing else!
The section entitled "Glistening Glazes" actually does not discuss glazes at all rather has a page about using englobes. No other surface covering gets a look in and certainly not glazes!
There are no real technical details in the book at all, if you dont know how to work with clay, make joints, develop clay to leather hard stage, roll out to an even thickness , wedge air out of clay and so on you will be using the chapter on how to make pottery failures into mosaics quite a bit!!
Overall. This book is not great for beginners. The author would have done better by spending more time writing about the pottery and less on high quality photographs (the book is more than half full of her ceramic photographs) and pages about dreamy summer days in the garden and opening presents from her grandma!