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Out of the Earth, into the Fire, By Mimi Obstler, Robina Simpson, Anthony Israel

Out of the Earth, into the Fire: A Course in Ceramic Materials for the Studio Potter

“‘Out of the Earth, into the Fire’ is a fascinating book and the most unusual on the ‘clay market.’ Obstler takes a geological approach to glaze and glaze materials. She provides the ‘biography’ of every possible material, explains what the ingredients do in the melt, how they relate to each other, and how they interact. She offers actual glaze recipes using these ingredients. The book is an amazing work. No wonder it took 12 years in the making!

“The book was edited by Robina Simpson, Curator of The Department of Geological Studies of Columbia University--which tells you a lot! Terrific for potters, ‘Out of the Fire’ is a great reference for amateur geologists, rock climbers, Boy Scouts, and, ah yes, nature lovers.” –Lili Krakowski in Constableville, New York USA

This updated edition adds new excitement to the best-selling book, Out of the Earth Into the Fire. Like the original, this book examines the connection between the raw materials of the earth and the glazed surface of a ceramic form. The focus lies not only on the final ceramic result, but also on the minerals and rocks that create the ceramic materials. Thorough updating of the text, revised & expanded appendixes, and 56 NEW color photos make this an even more valuable resource. With a new lower price for a hardcover edition, this is a must-have addition to your ceramic arts library.

Selected Contents Chemical Manufacturing, and Formulaic Updates / Glaze Cores / Clays and Claybodies / Auxilary Melters / Auxilary Silica and Alumina Minerals / Appendixes / 65 full-color photos

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