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The Complete Potter, by Steve Mattison

Beginning potters will find a complete course in the pages of this book. Experienced potters will find new ideas for designing and decorating virtually every type of ware. Heavily illustrated with more than 600 how-to photos, “The Complete Potter” takes readers through every phase of the potter’s craft, from clay to kiln. Separate sections explain:

Clays: their different types and uses Types of ware: terracotta, stoneware, porcelain, raku, and others Design: how to draw and plan a piece before making it The basic processes: clay preparation, tools, throwing and turning on a potter’s wheel, using molds, tile-making, and more Decoration: creating surface textures, using slips, glazes, pigments, and more Materials and pigments for decorating: what they’re made of and how to use them Kilns and firings: kiln types, temperature controls, and more Tools and equipment: from hand tools to semi-industrial equipment Health and safety: a complete guide

This handsome and instructive volume also shows examples of work by some of the world’s leading ceramists, with information on how they achieve their fine results. Here is a book that lives up to its title.

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