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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (Nov. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533732
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Müller, Kristin. The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built & Wheel-Thrown Ceramics. Quarry: Quayside. 2007. c.192p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 978-1-59253-373-2. pap. $24.99. ART INSTRUCTION

Müller, a ceramic artist since 1987 and the education director for Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, offers a splendid book on a timeless art. She guides beginners through advanced students in equipping a ceramic studio, handling the design, preparing the clay, constructing slab projects, throwing on a wheel, glazing, and firing. The 16 clay projects featured here include teapots, vases, and dinner plates. Readers can draw inspiration from the creative painting and underglazing examples, as well as the unusual firing techniques for color and texture. Highly recommended, though professional potters will want advanced works like Irene Poulton’s Fired Up with Raku: Over 300 Recipes. -Library Journal, March 2008

About the Author

Kristin Muller has been a ceramic artist for twenty years and an arts administrator for ten. Currently the education director for Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, Connecticut, she has been teaching ceramics there for more than thirteen years. She holds a bachelor of science in studio arts with a concentration in ceramics from Southern Connecticut State University. Kristin has attended countless seminars and workshops with leading potters and clay artists and is currently an MFA candidate at Hood College. She has a studio and wood-fired Anagama kiln in eastern Pennsylvania, and she exhibits her work nationally and internationally.

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By Sallie on June 15 2010
Format: Paperback
Being a fairly new potter, I was looking for a few books that would give me the basics and beyond. What a great book Ms Muller has written. It is filled with fabulous full colour photos, showing the progression of all the skills needed to become a better potter. I would highly recommend this book to beginner and beyond potters. It is my favorite book.
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a frustrating disappointment... April 21 2008
By Kelly Mollins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am an intermediate potter looking for new ideas, techiniques, and sources of inspiration. I expected this book to include more projects. The first 130 pages included light coverage of basic information that is available in dozens of other books. There are only fifty pages devoted to specific projects and they were uninspiring and frustrating. I was initially excited by the opening picture of a vase with clay applique. However, there were no instructions for that project... The instructions for the chip and dip dish was one page conisisting of mostly photographs and very little instruction. It gave you no indication as to how to properly join the dip bowl to the larger bowl. Do you score and slip the bottom? Also, how do you trim the bottom of the larger bowl once you have already attached the small bowl? A more experienced potter may already have these solutions. They should have been included in the instructions for this piece.
As an intermediate potter, I found this book frustrating. For the beginning potter, there are better books out there....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Handy and helpful Dec 22 2008
By Karen Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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While setting up a ceramics program in a 55+ active adult community, I needed a quick helpful guide with lots of guidance. I tried this book and it has been indeed helpful with lots of information on clay types, stages, firing processes, glazing, handbuilding and throwing on the wheel. It is filled with good material, directions and pictures. My students liked it so much that some even purchased it for themselves. I had taught ceramics in the public schools for decades, and this did a great job of summarizing what I had taught over a semester in a thorough and quick, easy-to-use format.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Useful beginners and teachers guide Aug. 30 2009
By Art teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent guide for a beginning potter, or in my case , a high school instructor with beginning ceramic students. It has terrific photos and simple explanations .
It has a great glossary of vocabulary words. Very clear and helpful suggestions and tips.
Comprehensive, But Should Not Be Your Only Ceramics Book! April 7 2012
By Masha - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is mainly about the "big picture" of ceramics, the basics, and how to set up your own studio. If you read it from cover to cover, you'll get a very good idea of what it takes (a lot!) to have your home ceramic studio up and running. There are also very good chapters on glaze and clay basics, and lots of practical advice and tips. It covers all areas of ceramics at least moderately well, sometimes very well. But in the "how-to" projects section, there are some problems, and there are other books out there, specific to hand-building, wheel-throwing, and surface design, that are much better in terms of projects for learning. Of course, nothing beats actual classroom time! That being said, the book accomplishes its purpose of giving the reader a comprehensive overview. Very well done.
Excellent Basic Ceramics March 8 2011
By Mary Lou - Published on Amazon.com
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As an educator,I have found this book to be a perfect classroom supplement. I have recommended it to my own private students of ceramics. It covers the most important issues of hand-building and wheel projects and is illustrated by helpful photographs throughout.I found the "tips" and "project notes" especially helpful. The author, Kristen Muller, is truly a gifted artist and potter and has shared so much of her artistry and knowledge through this book.