Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed: The secrets of handbuilding shown in unique cutaway photography
“A terrific book! It is beautifully produced, it is crystal clear, and there is lots of good advice beyond the detailed instructions. (Atkins tells you to get your tetanus shot updated!)
“There appears to be no shape--including many I thought could only be produced on the wheel--whose hand-building construction Atkins does not demonstrate. A valuable book for all, a treasure for hand builders, would-be hand builders--and instructors whose students have physical limitations that make throwing impossible.” —Lili Krakowski in Constableville, New York, USA
Here are directions for many creative, fun pottery projects without need of a potter's wheel. The author instructs in coil, slab, mold, and pinch techniques to produce pots, bowls, vases, tiles, and other decorative pieces. She also advises on acquiring basic tools, mixing and preparing clay, and using coloring agents.
Newcomers to pottery crafting will especially appreciate her useful pointers, such as using a hairdryer at regular intervals for drying out too-wet clay, and easy methods for keeping clay soft and pliable.
Step-by-step color photos with detailed captions guide handcrafters through each project from start to finish. Many photos are of the cutaway type to show correct hand positions for controlling the clay, both inside and outside the form.
This book takes the mystery out of handbuilding in clay, demonstrating each step in the pottery-making process. More than 400 color photos.