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Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed: The Secrets of Handbuilding Shown in Unique Cutaway Photography Paperback – 1 Feb 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764126660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764126666
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 19.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,063,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • Takes the mystery out of hand-building by showing precisely what happens at each point in the process, using coil, slab, molds, and pinch techniques, demonstrated in clear step-by-step photographs
  • Unique cutaway photos show correct hand positions for controlling the clay, demonstrating the effect simultaneously on the form?s inner and outer surfaces
  • Simple, creative projects clearly illuminate all basic techniques, enabling you to create bowls, vases, pots, lidded dishes, and figurative forms with confidence and style


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    Format: Paperback
    I received this book for Christmas, and by New Year I had already read it cover to cover twice plus completed 2 of the suggested projects! Its totally absorbing, with very easy to follow diagrams, clear instructions and some great ideas on what to make by moulding, slabbing, pinching and coiling. I was a complete beginner at handbuilt techniques(although have thrown pots on the wheel), but still managed to produce some half decent results.
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    There are loads of instructional pottery books out there, so which one to choose if your dipping your muddy toe into the world of pottery?

    As a relative beginner (a couple of years under my belt), books that explain the myriad of potting methods into simple, informative, inspirational and an unpatronising whole, do well by me. This is one of them.

    I was a bit dubious of whether the cutaway photos would be a bit gimmicky and of any real use, but they undoubtably are. The book is nicely set out, with loads of pictures showing each step along the way, including possible pitfalls and solutions to remedy them.

    Clear and precise throughout, as are Jacqui Atkin's other books, you can't really go wrong with adding this book to your shelf. Since reading all the way through, pouring over ever bit, I've dipped back in many a time for further inspiration, which is, after all, exactly what a good pottery book should offer!
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    This is the best book I have found in two years of searching. The instructions and photographs that take you from start to finish of each project are crystal clear. The projects make you want to start 'right now', and give you skills and inspiration to create your own work.

    I bought the book for myself, and have since bought a second one for the hobby studio I go to (where they are fighting over who uses it first!) Brilliant, thankyou.
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    Straightforward and easy to view with illustrations and photos shown in cross-section. I found it to be one of the most useful books for potters and is a favourite amongst my book selection. Well worth buying - very comprehensive and easy to follow with great advice and tips. Made things clearer for me and improved my modelling whilst giving me confidence to undertake new projects. Great ideas for slab building with techniques shown in detail. Glad i bought it!
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    Great projects to inspire you to use all sorts of handbuilding techniques, with simple photographs to illustrate. I'm not trained in ceramics but am a keen amateur [who can't throw] so this was a good book to show me that throwing isn't the be-all and end-all.
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