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The Complete Potter: Throwing [Hardcover]

Richard Phethean
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June 27 2002 Complete Potter
This introductory text looks at the techniques of throwing in pottery. Beginning with a section on preparing clay, equipment and materials, the author shows, with a series of sequence photographs, how to use the potter's wheel to create a wide variety of functional and ornamental forms. Lastly, the book illustrates how to decorate and distort the thrown clay form. Examples of finished work are shown throughout.
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"Examines the materials, equipment, and techniques needed for successful pottery throwing. Numerous color and b&w photographs demonstrate techniques such as turning and ornamental detailing, and their application in making jugs, bowls, handles, teapots, lids, and curved-base pots. Emphasizes the importance of body position and control, and offers advanced techniques for pottery design, including surface decoration, distortion, and cutting and reassembling."-Book News, Inc.

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Format:Hardcover
I confess that in my 30-second browse of this book at the library, I was not that excited about the book. Most of the photos are black and white and the book is very short. I decided to check it out anyway because I could, but I was sure that I would prefer the other book that I was looking at (Joaquim Chavarria's "Throwing Techniques") because of it's much better "shelf appeal" with glossier pages and color photo's. I read both books cover to cover and the Phethean book is much much better.
The pictures although not glossy, are very clear, and the text is clear and reinforces the pictures. In addition, he shows a color photograph of a completed piece that relates to the technique just demonstrated. He uses examples that are manageable for beginners and this book would nicely supplement a class at a local studio. (Chavarria's book is not teaching what most beginner classes in this country would teach.) Phethean also uses appropriate sizes of clay for a beginner. Some of the pieces he works on in the book are large to get a better view of what is being done, but he gives folks sound advice about slowly increasing the amount of clay. He also gives a table listing an appropriate amount of clay to use for a number of common pieces.
The techniques demonstrated in the Chavarria book are very cumbersome and advanced, I have taken many throwing classes and never encountered some of these techniques. The text is awful, and the authors' attitude is that you must do exactly what he says to master throwing. Consequently most of his text concentrates on where each finger should be and it is difficult to follow.
Phethean has a much more relaxed approach saying that finding what works is personal, he uses pictures to show the position of his hands, but uses the text to describe what the student should be accomplishing with each movement.
All in all, it is an excellent book that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in learning to throw.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Potter, Throwing March 23 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The book itself is not of quality binding, but the information contained within is. A good book for beginners and begin-again-ers. Processes are described step by step with excelent photos or line drawing examples.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Feb. 25 2013
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I found the descriptions and pictures very helpful with my personal potting journey. I am looking forward to trying out some new techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book, clear text and photographs Feb. 24 2004
By J. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I confess that in my 30-second browse of this book at the library, I was not that excited about the book. Most of the photos are black and white and the book is very short. I decided to check it out anyway because I could, but I was sure that I would prefer the other book that I was looking at (Joaquim Chavarria's "Throwing Techniques") because of it's much better "shelf appeal" with glossier pages and color photo's. I read both books cover to cover and the Phethean book is much much better.
The pictures although not glossy, are very clear, and the text is clear and reinforces the pictures. In addition, he shows a color photograph of a completed piece that relates to the technique just demonstrated. He uses examples that are manageable for beginners and this book would nicely supplement a class at a local studio. (Chavarria's book is not teaching what most beginner classes in this country would teach.) Phethean also uses appropriate sizes of clay for a beginner. Some of the pieces he works on in the book are large to get a better view of what is being done, but he gives folks sound advice about slowly increasing the amount of clay. He also gives a table listing an appropriate amount of clay to use for a number of common pieces.
The techniques demonstrated in the Chavarria book are very cumbersome and advanced, I have taken many throwing classes and never encountered some of these techniques. The text is awful, and the authors' attitude is that you must do exactly what he says to master throwing. Consequently most of his text concentrates on where each finger should be and it is difficult to follow.
Phethean has a much more relaxed approach saying that finding what works is personal, he uses pictures to show the position of his hands, but uses the text to describe what the student should be accomplishing with each movement.
All in all, it is an excellent book that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in learning to throw.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Potter, Throwing March 23 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book itself is not of quality binding, but the information contained within is. A good book for beginners and begin-again-ers. Processes are described step by step with excelent photos or line drawing examples.
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