Working with Clay

Working with Clay

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For Art/Ceramic and Studio Foundations courses at the undergraduate level.

Written by a world-renowned ceramist and leading expert in the field, this introductory book describes the initial processes of handbuilding, wheel throwing, plaster mold making, decoration, glaze application and firing techniques in a simple, easy-to-follow narrative. The text offers rich pictorial guidance throughout, both inspiring and instructing students with 500 full color photographs of processes and clayworks. It includes a pictorial timeline of ceramic art history; and exposes students to a gallery of ceramic art, from traditional to avant-garde. This edition has increased in length, to include modifications and new techniques.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 210.8 x 288.5 x 14.2mm | 576.07g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130983489
  • 9780130983480

Table of contents

1. The World of Ceramics.

2. The Craft of Working with Clay by Hand.

3. Throwing on the Potter's Wheel.

4. Finishing Touches.

5. Firing Ceramics.

6. The Art of Ceramics.

7. The Timeless World History of Ceramic Art.

8. Compendium.

1. Suggested Projects for Individual Work.

2. Suggested Projects for Beginning Hand-building.

3. Progression of Individual Steps in Throwing.

4. Suggested Projects for Clay, Glaze, and Decoration Experiments.

5. Experimenting with Material Additions to a Base Glaze.

6. Glaze Improvisations.

7. Glaze "Line-blend" Test.

8. Special Low-fire Information.

9. Example of a Pottery Studio.

10. Terms Easily Mixed Up.


List of Artists.

Information Sources.


Photo Credits.

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About Susan Peterson

Susan Peterson is Professor Emerita of Ceramics at Hunter College of the City University of New York. During her long career as a teacher and ceramicist, Susan Peterson founded five ceramics departments at colleges throughout the USA and has exhibited her own ceramics and lectured all over the world, including China. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NCECA and the prestigious Binns Medal from the American Ceramic Society and the New York State College of Ceramics.

Jan Peterson is a high school and college ceramic teacher, ceramic artist and jeweler.
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