For any course in ceramics. No prior study is required.
Written by a well-known ceramist, this best-selling, comprehensive introduction to ceramics adeptly combines the artist's perspective and spirit of creative inspiration with step-by-step, extensively illustrated instruction in the full range of ceramic procedures--i.e., hand, wheel, and plasterwork techniques. Ideal for class instruction or self-study, it features exceptionally clear explanations; an abundance of black-and-white and full-color illustrations of process sequences, model examples, and ceramic projects; and a convenient-to-use layout--with one topic per page or per two-page spread.
- NEW - "Trailblazers" boxed biographical profiles added--Featuring Juan Quesada, Peter Voulkos, Luo Xia-Ping, Toshiko Takaezu, Huey Beckham, Otto Heino, and Janet Mansfield.
- Provides students with profiles of key ceramists who have made significant contributions to the field in various areas.
- NEW - Marketing and Computers chapter added--Expands marketing material e.g. more detail on preparing work for display, how to approach galleries, venues for showing work. New material from the technical aspects of using computers to calculate glaze formulas and computerized firing, to useful programs and websites.
- Helps students understand how and why marketing their work is a necessary part of each artist's duties. Broadens students awareness of the growing number of ways that computers are being used by ceramists, and of the available computer software that has been specifically designed for the ceramist.
- NEW - New material on using gold, alternative glazes and paper clays.
- Offers students the latest techniques in alternative mediums.
- NEW - 150 new color illustrations.
- Provides students with a presentation that is inviting and accessible for visual learners.
- NEW - Revised compendium--Topics include glaze oxides, chemical compositions, data and conversions, artists' techniques, list of artists, museum collections, glossary, bibliography and ceramics magazines.
- Provides students with an informative reader-friendly compendium that is easier to use.
- NEW - Expanded coverage of new topics--e.g. Coil building, large slab constructions, paperclay, alternative glazes and new ways of blending colors.
- Provides students with complete coverage of the latest techniques.
- Comprehensive, self-contained coverage--Covers the full range of hand, wheel, and plasterwork techniques in more than 60 step-by-step fully illustrated sequences.
- Allows students to use the text for self study, to learn on an as-needed basis. This frees instructors to work individually with students, solving problems and giving advice.
- Easy-to-use high-fire and low-fire glaze charts.
- Provides students with glaze data at their fingertips.
- Easy-to-use-and-follow design and layout--Presents individual topics one per page or per two-page spread.
- Allows students to use the text alongside them as they work, with no need for inconvenient, or impossible, page turning.
- A concise history of ceramics.
- Helps students link past techniques and traditions to contemporary work.
- A portfolio of international artists--With personal statements about their work.
- Gives students a one-on-one experience with the masters, broadening their understanding of techniques and of individual artist's idiosyncrasies, and giving them the confidence that high-quality clayworking skills are attainable.
- Authoritative--Susan Peterson has been a college professor since 1951, is internationally known and recognized, and her work is exhibited in museums and private collections around the world.
- Gives instructors confidence that the procedures and techniques explained have been tested in reality and that the insights have been drawn from work "in the trenches." Students will feel they are learning from a "master," and can extend their study by viewing the author's own works.