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The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques Hardcover – May 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr; 5 edition (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812238109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812238105
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angel Lee on Aug. 8 1999
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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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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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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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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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
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
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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