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Potter's Studio Handbook: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Hand-Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics [Paperback]

Kristin Muller
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Nov. 1 2007 Studio Handbook Series
Like blacksmithing or hobby farming, pottery-making appeals to individuals who like to be creative, work with their hands, and donÆt mind getting a little dirty. However, it is a hobby that is largely underserved by the publishing industry, but difficult for someone to learn without a comprehensive guide because the tools and techniques are quite complicated. The PotterÆs Studio Handbook guides readers through the process of setting up their own studio and teaching them how to master the techniques at home. Once techniques are mastered, The PotterÆs Studio Handbook will remain an invaluable resource to the clay artist when looking to create beautiful, yet functional projects, at home with nearly 25 projects that build upon previously learned skills.

  • Teaches the three most popular techniques: wheel throwing, hand building, and slipcasting
  • Teaches readers how to make many functional and beautiful projects at home
  • Step-by-step photos guarantee success

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars what a great book June 15 2010
By Sallie
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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2.0 out of 5 stars a frustrating disappointment... April 21 2008
By Kelly Mollins - Published on Amazon.com
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....
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful beginners and teachers guide Aug. 30 2009
By Art teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pottery Book Nov. 19 2013
By Wiggins - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife really loves this book. Plenty of illustrations that cover a wide variety of techniques. Well worth the cost.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginner potter Aug. 27 2013
By Sandra M - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has several pictures to aid the beginning potter through creating the forms presented. The author describes important technical steps to help you achieve correct wall thickness,etc. lots and lots of good size pictures for you to follow. Nice addition to your collection to see how others work with clay.
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