The market for books aimed at pottery beginners is a rather crowded one with some well-known names providing either specialised advice or encompassing the entire field of ceramic practice. Dan Rhode's new book belongs to the latter as he deftly and concisely deals with a complete discussion from various making techniques to glazing health and safety guidelines ending with an overview of running a ceramic business. The text is well supported by numerous photos which illustrate techniques and objectives clearly and effectively. A section on toxicity and glazing also shows a welcome insight and Rhodes succeeds here where other potter/writers either avoid the subject entirely or provide minimal explanations. The editing is excellent so ingredients, temperatures and terminology have been made accessible to British readers while the photos of American potters' works reveal the writer's nationality. On the whole, this is a better beginner's book for a discerning library or collection. Clear, succint writing and good photographs give this book an edge over others but if you are building a library as a professional potter, I would also add Susan Peterson's excellent work "The Craft and Art of Clay", Phil Rogers "Throwing Pots" and if you work with porcelain, Peter Lane's "Studio Porcelain".