I was hoping to get many information about finishing pots without glaze. Instead, there is plenty of information about bio's and inspirations of dozens of ceramicists. There is 192 pages, but most of it are pictures, the rest is mostly about artists and only one indention about techniques they use. And even then it is only few sentences, sometimes one or two. This book is disappointment if you realy want to learn. Its fine, if you want to find out about ceramicists.
I was lent this book - and so had no prior expectations about content. I'd say upfront, this is NOT a "how-to" book. However, you do get fascinating insights into how different techniques can be pushed and combined to create awe-inspiring work.
"Naked Clay" is set out artist-by-artist - with lots of images of work and text which explains their inspirations, background and working processes. There are four sections, based on the variety of "naked": Clay with Surface Pigment; Clay Marked by Fire; Pure Clay; and Clay with Additions.
This book is inspiring for those who like the subtly of naked clay. It is probably not a beginners book because it is not written as a how to book. There is, however, a lot of information in it but this is probably better appreciated by those with some knowledge and experience.