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A lustre is a thin layer of metal which is deposited onto the surface of the pot during firing producing a lustrous surface. Lustres are very sought after, fabulous surfaces which can lure you in and keep you spellbound. Lustres can be coloured as golds, coppers, reds and blues, or have a colourless sheen like mother of pearl. Lustre is a very tricky technique offering spectacular results, but it can be quite difficult to achieve successfully, and this handbook aims to explain and simplify the process, with thorough coverage of all the options. The book covers recipes for making your own lustres and techniques for applying and firing (all critical factors), as well as showing you the results of the author's extensive testing to help point you in the right direction. Today one of the most commonly used lustres is a resin lustre (known as the 'commercial' lustre) which also contains some appalling thinners which are known carcinogens. There is therefore an advantage to making your own using more natural materials. This handbook covers every lustre that can be made, with recipes and kiln more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 12mm | 358.34g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1408103761
  • 9781408103760
  • 16,141

About Greg Daly

Greg Daly has previously written Glazes and Glazing for us, is well established in the ceramic field and has run workshops on creating lustres. He exhibits in group shows around the world, has work in 70 different national and international museums and has won many awards for his more

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The enthusiasm for his personal alchemy and the excitement that exploration generates is evident throughout Daly's book. His extremely thorough approach to record keeping, with constant attention to every detail, is an important example for anyone to follow, if they hope to achieve repeatable effects in what is an uncertain medium. * Ceramic Review * A useful specialist handbook for the potter who is particularly fascinated with lustre and wants to create their own lustre effects. * London Potters News * Lavishly illustrated in glorious colour, a feast for the eyes and a temptation to have a go, or enter on a serious programme ... This handbook will send you on an exciting path creating many types of lustre effects. * Shards: South Wales Potter Newsletter * A fascinating read for anyone who wants to learn more about lustres at any level ... This is an excellent guide to an intriguing area of ceramics, rich in detail, photography and explanation. It is sure to become a standard text on the subject. * Dacorum & Chiltern Potter's Guild *show more

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