Introducing the Ceramic Studio Series

February 13, 2012, 09:08 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

If you’re a potter, you either have your own studio or are a member of a communal studio. (Or maybe both!) But no matter where you make things with clay, there are times when there’s no instructor or experienced potter around to help. Or when someone who really knows their stuff is around, but needs to show you how to attach a spout to a teapot without actually making a teapot on the spot.

For those types of situations, Lark created the Ceramics for Beginners series. When we revisited that series with the aim of making them more affordable, we decided to change the series name as well.

That’s because these books are not just for beginners. They’re for anyone who needs a quick reference. Thus, the Ceramics for Beginners series is now the Ceramic Studio series.

The first of the two releasing in paperback this month is Hand Building by Shay Amber. Inside, Shay covers a wide variety of construction techniques, from pinching to coils to slabs. And there’s plenty of finishing techniques as well (just take a look at that tea bowl above).

Wheel Throwing by Emily Reason is the other new release. Emily does a great job of mixing in some inspirational pieces and more advanced tips into a book that is all about core techniques. Clear cutaway photographs and well-lit process shots (like the mugs below) further elevate this book above the average wheel throwing primer.

So the next time you find yourself in the studio with a question about joining slabs at angles or throwing an inset lid, feel free to turn to the experts in our Ceramic Studio.


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