Pottery & Ceramics: Technique
See also: Decorative Arts: Pottery & Porcelain
Making Ceramic Sculpture: Techniques, Projects, Inspirations
q NK4235.A26 2001
Offers instruction and a gallery of 104 artisans worldwide.
The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes: Glazing & Firing at Cone 10
Author John Britt, who served as Clay Coordinator at the respected Penland School of Crafts, offers a thorough examination of glaze materials, chemistry, and tools, and presents the basics of mixing, application, and firing procedures.
q TP810.5.R45 2005
Covers Materials, method and process, Clay body and casting slip, Preparations prior to making, Handbuilding, Using moulds, Drying, Firing, Glazes, Painting and decoration.
Kiln Construction: A Brick by Brick Approach
Emphasizing practicality at every step in the process, this book will aid potters who are ready to build their own kilns and gain more control and flexibility in their work.
Ceramics in the Environment: An International Review
q NK4225.M36 2005
The Complete Potter: the Complete Reference to Tools, Materials, and Techniques for All Potters and Ceramicists
Heavily illustrated with more than 600 how-to photos, "The Complete Potter" takes those interested in learning pottery through every phase of the craft, from clay to kiln.
The Art of Throwing
q NK4225.M36 2002x
Naked Clay: Ceramics without Glaze
q NK4265.P47 2004
The Art & Craft of Ceramics
q TT920.R6813 2006x
Lavishly illustrated and visually attractive, it provides both practical and creative information on tools and materials, production processes, glazing, and decorative techniques--including detailed explanations of clays, kilns, and accessories.
Ceramics: A World Guide to Traditional Techniques
q NK4235.S46 2004
"Thematic excerpts transcribed from interviews taped in the field in 1981 and preserved in the folklife resource center of the McKissick Museum of the University of South Carolina with introductory and concluding essays, complementary photography, and a CD recording of the potters' voices."
Women Potters: Transforming Traditions
q NK3785.V55 2004
Some claim that women were the first potters and the earliest pottery techniques (handbuilding) are still used today in many parts of the world, largely by women. Moira Vincentelli proposes that a women's tradition in ceramics is one in which pottery making is intimately connected with female identity.
Ceramist Alleghany Meadows shows how to create functional forms including a drinking mug, a vase, a pitcher with a handle, and a plate. Close-ups of the techniques and cross-sections of the forms bring the process to life.
Demonstrates the ceramic techniques of hard slab, soft slab and press molds to create a sculpture. Includes demonstration of barrel firing and hollowing.
An introduction to handbuilt pottery techniques. Demonstrates methods of coil pottery construction using stoneware. Shows the use of hard and soft slabs in the construction of porcelain.
Presents a demonstration of wheel throwing. Covers bisquing, glazing, and firing.
These videos present the basic skills of handbuilding: pinch and coil pots and slab forms.
Part 1 presents pottery techniques using a potter's wheel, showing how to create a casserole dish. Part 2 shows how to make a round bowl, a square bowl, and a teapot.
These videos with experienced potter Graham Sheehan cover Beginning Handbuilding, Beginning Raku, Beginning to Glaze and Fire, and Beginning to throw on the potter's wheel.
In this video, the 400-year-old tradition of firing pottery in the Takatori kiln on the island of Kyushu is explored. Members of the 11th generation of potters here demonstrate their craft as they work through the entire process of producing their popular Japanese tea ceremony ware.
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American Art Pottery Association
An association of American Pottery collectors and enthusiasts.
American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
the world's leading organization dedicated to the advancement of ceramics
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
A nonprofit educational professional organization of individuals whose interests, talents, or careers are primarily focused on the ceramic arts.
A membership organization of 2500 studio potters and ceramics artists, you can use the Potters Council website to locate ceramic studios throughout the United States.
The site of the archive for the clayart internet discussion group.
Pittsburgh Region - Classes
24th and Sarah Streets, South Side; 412-488-6835; classes in wheel throwing and hand building; firing services.
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Classes in wheel throwing, hand building, majolica, earthenware. Fifth and Shady, Shadyside.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Classes in ceramics and sculpture. Located in Sewickley, north of Pittsburgh.
Touchstone Center for Crafts
Offers ceramics, glass, painting, glass, metalsmithing, photography and fabrics classes at their center in Farmington, southeast of Pittsburgh in Fayette County.
Pittsburgh Region - Supplies
The Clay Place at Standard
The Clay Place is a gallery, a gift shop and art supply store, and the meeting place for ceramic enthusiasts. Located in Carnegie, PA.
Standard Ceramic Supply Company
Or Ceramic Supply Pittsburgh. Located in Carnegie, Ceramic Supply offers clays, glazes, tools.
Utrecht Art Supplies: Pittsburgh
Extensive selection of art supplies including pottery tools and clay. Order online or visit their store in Pittsburgh's South Side.
Strictly Functional Pottery National
An exhibition of functional pottery sponsored in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.