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Out of the Earth, into the Fire: A Course in Ceramic Materials for the Studio Potter Hardcover – Jan 2001


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  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Ceramic Society; 2nd Revised edition edition (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574980785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574980783
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #649,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "wiredlain" on Feb. 29 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is probably... no. ABSOLUTELY the best and most wonderfull book I have ever run across. Obstler does an amazing job of showing (and explaining) the true process of ceramics. This is not a technique or coffee table book although it is easily better at both categories than most books of that sort. This IS a book more about the materials of ceramics than the finished product. Mimi lovingly portrays the full cycle of the process which produces a pot. Something all true potters should know is that the actual end result, the pot, is the smallest and most insignificant part of ceramics. In this book, the reader is introduced to the whole life of the materials which we use. In a mish mash of history, formula, chemistry and geology, Mimi Obstler creates a unique and awe-inspiring story not just of the pot or potter, but of the earth from which both are born.
This book is beautifully crafted, and you can tell, that a lot of love, work and knowledge have gone into it's creation. This is a must have for anyone who truly loves pottery OR geology. I have never seen a book this amazing before. I highly recomend it. This book is worth every cent and so much more. I can honestly say that I am stunned. Thank you Mimi Obstler, this is a treasure.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The absolute, hands down, BEST pottery book on earth. Feb. 29 2004
By "wiredlain" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is probably... no. ABSOLUTELY the best and most wonderfull book I have ever run across. Obstler does an amazing job of showing (and explaining) the true process of ceramics. This is not a technique or coffee table book although it is easily better at both categories than most books of that sort. This IS a book more about the materials of ceramics than the finished product. Mimi lovingly portrays the full cycle of the process which produces a pot. Something all true potters should know is that the actual end result, the pot, is the smallest and most insignificant part of ceramics. In this book, the reader is introduced to the whole life of the materials which we use. In a mish mash of history, formula, chemistry and geology, Mimi Obstler creates a unique and awe-inspiring story not just of the pot or potter, but of the earth from which both are born.
This book is beautifully crafted, and you can tell, that a lot of love, work and knowledge have gone into it's creation. This is a must have for anyone who truly loves pottery OR geology. I have never seen a book this amazing before. I highly recomend it. This book is worth every cent and so much more. I can honestly say that I am stunned. Thank you Mimi Obstler, this is a treasure.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A necessary book for any serious potter. April 21 2000
By Ludlum fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Out of the Earth Into the Fire" is a necessary book for any potter , and is especially useful for any potter doing their own glazes.It details in it's four chapters, although very long and comprehensive chapters, all of the glaze and clay making ingredients that you will need. The first chapter deals with the glaze cores. It talks of both the historical and the emperical aspects of all the necessary substances in use. A substance that I can't wait to get my hands on is Rotton Stone. I'll let you read the book to find out why. The second chapter is about clays and clay bodies.Although most of us buy prepared clay this gives us reason to make our own. The next chapter concerns auxillary melters.We find here about glaze surfaces; how to best utilize a substance to make a glossy, a matt, or an opaque surface. Finally the last chapter reveals all we want to know about silica and alumina. The appendices are full of useful material. There are even some good pictures in this book. An unexpected surprise.
Out Of The Earth, Into The Fire: Excellent. July 9 2010
By Degas2500 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When the product arrived, it was in the promised new condition and wrapped to preserve the book.

It was in excellent condition. The book itself is very helpful and breaks down Ceramics techniques that range from the basic to the advanced in a very comprehensive fashion. This is an excellent book for any anyone who is or wants to become a ceramist. This book covers techniques from glazing to firing and almost everything in between.

Overall, this is a must have book for anyones collection. Excellent.
Extensive Sept. 19 2013
By Matt Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There is a lot of comprehensive information here to absorb. This is a great book for anyone to keep in their studio as a reference guide.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Valuable Addition Aug. 6 2012
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Being responsible as the studio tech for a community ceramic studio and providing the glaze set has been a challenging experience. I have been reading multiple books and articles on the subject of glaze for the studio potter. There are many books available and "Out of the Earth, into the Fire" was one of the books on ceramic materials that has been recommended by potters on the Clayart forum. It is a valuable addition to my library and I think it would be valuable for the intermediate or advanced student, professional potter or teacher. The information is directed to the potter and provides material science insight into the ceramic materials used by the studio potter, both for clay and glaze. The book provides ceramic material information providing geological reference and ceramic materials engineering data that has been written directly to the studio potter or ceramic student. It is a reference I'll return to many times in the future.


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