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This classic handbook introduces students to the fundamentals of the ceramic arts, beginning with a comprehensive history of ceramic materials, techniques, and practices up to the present day and then moving to a detailed presentation of ceramic techniques from the most basic to the complex. This new edition has been thoroughly updated throughout to incorporate the many new resources and materials available to ceramists as well as the most current techniques and technical and safety information. Benefits: * NEW This new edition includes over 350 new images, over 60 of them in full color. * NEW A new chapter on recent ceramics brings the history of ceramics up to the present and includes a portfolio of contemporary work in clay that illustrates the rich diversity of form and content produced in the last fifty years. * NEW Step-by-step illustrations are now provided for essential ceramic techniques. * NEW The chapter on kilns and firing has been expanded to include currently popular techniques, such as soda firing. * NEW The chapters on glazes and glazing have been updated to reflect the removal of lead as an ingredient and the growing focus on safe studio practices. * Safety warnings appear in the margin wherever necessary to alert students to hazardous materials and special handling instructions. * Quotations from ceramic artists about what motivates and inspires them about clay are scattered throughout the book in the captions that accompany the illustrations. * An extensive set of appendices at the end of the book provides a wide range of reference information on ceramic chemicals and materials. It includes reference tables on common raw materials, an analysis of common clays and chemicals, a section on glaze recipes, and tips for using various glues and adhesives, just to name a few. * A list of sources for ceramic equipment and materials at the end of the appendices provides contact information for businesses and organizations
This classic studio handbook offers complete coverage of the art and technology of ceramics and includes over 376 illustrations in a photo-essay format that gives step-by-step instructions for hand building and wheel techniques.
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Glenn C. Nelson, Richard Burkett
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1. Clay. 2. Early Ceramic History. 3. Later Ceramic History. 4. Recent Ceramics: The Twentieth Century. 5. Clay in the Studio. 6. Hand-Building Techniques. 7. Wheel Techniques. 8. Surface and Glazing. 9. Glazes: Formulation and Types. 10. Glazes: Calculations and Chemicals. 11. Kilns and Firing.