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The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques [Hardcover]

Frank Hamer , Janet Hamer
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May 2004
This Dictionary is established as the indispensable reference book for all makers in ceramics, both craft potters and ceramic artists. Professional potters, beginners, students and teachers will find comprehensive information clearly and logically presented. It explains the sources and character of materials, the behaviour of clays and glaze minerals during forming and firing processes, forming methods and glaze construction, together with explanations of terminology and historical developments. A wide range of specialized ways of making, which potters are today exploring, is illustrated and described. The Dictionary's special feature is that it is set out as an index of key words and phrases, giving the reader quick access to as much, or as little, information as is required on any particular topic. Under each heading is a simple definition, usually followed by a short explanation; a detailed article often follows in which technical points are lucidly explained in simple language and with easy-to-follow diagrams and line drawings. Colour photographs illustrate glaze effects and characteristics. The fourth edition has been completely revised, expanded and updated. In response to fresh research and experiment, new articles give thorough coverage of Soda firing, Paper clay, Fuming, Printing, Computer glaze calculations, and Crystalline glazes. In line with current scientific teaching a revised Potter's periodic table is presented, correct chemical terminology is used, and weights and measures are metricated with conversion tables for reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All potters and ceramic artists need this book Feb. 8 2013
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It's the one essential book in every clay artist's library. This is a wonderful companion with you in the studio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is an indispensable reference for anyone involved in the potter's and ceramic arts. More an encyclopedia than a dictionary, the depth and detail of coverage is outstanding.
From the artistic to the highly technical, everything is here. Materials & processes as well as chemical compositions and practical formulae are accompanied by black & white photos and excellent diagrams.
A wealth of information is provided in an appendix of 42 tables, a bibliography, a list of suppliers and personal recipes from a number of artists. Historical styles and techniques are included as well.
Two sections of color plates include many varied and beautiful finished pieces with technical details and references to appropriate dictionary entries. This is definitely a classic in its field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Single best hands-on resource for clay working. Jan. 2 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This is the single best hands-on resource for clay working that I have found in over 20 years of clayworking, studying and teaching. It is a dictionary BUT it is cross-referenced and illustrated with many well-covered, interlocking topics. There are seven full pages on cracking alone with all the various factors described so one can diagnose and correct problems in the shortest possible time.
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By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have depended upon this book for years as a student and now as a professor of ceramics. Topics are listed alphabetically (as in a dictionary or encyclopedia) and provide information ranging from the definition of common and obscure potter's terminology, to thorough explanations of the physical and chemical properties of clay and various related materials. This is a resource that will keep providing information as you progress in your understanding of the medium.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Single best hands-on resource for clay working. Jan. 1 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the single best hands-on resource for clay working that I have found in over 20 years of clayworking, studying and teaching. It is a dictionary BUT it is cross-referenced and illustrated with many well-covered, interlocking topics. There are seven full pages on cracking alone with all the various factors described so one can diagnose and correct problems in the shortest possible time.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reference, must-have for serious potter Aug. 8 1999
By Angel Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an indispensable reference for anyone involved in the potter's and ceramic arts. More an encyclopedia than a dictionary, the depth and detail of coverage is outstanding.
From the artistic to the highly technical, everything is here. Materials & processes as well as chemical compositions and practical formulae are accompanied by black & white photos and excellent diagrams.
A wealth of information is provided in an appendix of 42 tables, a bibliography, a list of suppliers and personal recipes from a number of artists. Historical styles and techniques are included as well.
Two sections of color plates include many varied and beautiful finished pieces with technical details and references to appropriate dictionary entries. This is definitely a classic in its field.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best ceramics reference book you will find. Aug. 23 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have depended upon this book for years as a student and now as a professor of ceramics. Topics are listed alphabetically (as in a dictionary or encyclopedia) and provide information ranging from the definition of common and obscure potter's terminology, to thorough explanations of the physical and chemical properties of clay and various related materials. This is a resource that will keep providing information as you progress in your understanding of the medium.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only have 1 pottery book get this one April 11 2008
By H. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First of all, this is not a "how-to" book. If you want a book on pottery making or throwing techniques, don't buy this book. However, if you want an exhaustive encyclopedia of ceramic information, you need this book. Want to know why your pottery cracked the way it did, this book will tell you why. Want to know why a glaze recipe differs from batch to batch, the info will be in this book. This is the book that never gets lent out yet always quoted. Irregardless of wording or cultural bias, if you plan on being a professional clay artist, this book is the definitive authority on ceramic science.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive, Exhaustive, Excellent May 12 2007
By Chad Gunderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Potter's Dictionary offers details and facts about everything ceramic. Clay and glaze materials are explained more in-depth in this book than any other I have read. Subjects are presented in a clear and concise manner and the alphabetical order makes things very easy to find. It's more like an encyclopedia than a dictionary. When needed, great graphics complement many of the articles. No wonder this book has been published since 1975, A+!!!
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