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Ceramic Arts Handbook

Ceramic Arts Handbook

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Ceramic Arts Handbook
www.ceramicartshandbook.com | Copyright\u00a9 2001, 2007 The American Ceramic Society
by Vince Pitelka
www.ceramicartshandbook.com | Copyright \u00a9 2001, 2007 The American Ceramic Society |\ue000
Preface......................................................................................... 1
1 Clay and Claybodies..............................................................3
The Nature of Clay................................................................................ 3
Claybodies............................................................................................. 4
2 Handbuilding......................................................................... 5
Wedging the Clay................................................................................. 6
Handbuilding: General Guidelines

and Suggestions................................................................................. 6 Making Pinch Forms............................................................................. 9 Coil Construction............................................................................... 11 Slab Construction............................................................................... 14 Making Tiles....................................................................................... 17

3 Throwing............................................................................. 19

Critical Points in Throwing................................................................ 19 Skill Development with Cylinders..................................................... 21 Throwing Bowls................................................................................. 22 Drying Your Pots................................................................................ 26 Finishing the Bottoms of Your Pots.................................................. 27

4 Surface Decoration on Greenware ..................................... 29

Decorative Effects during Forming................................................... 29 Impressed Decoration........................................................................ 29 Subtractive Methods.......................................................................... 31 Additive Methods............................................................................... 32

5 Glazes and Glazing............................................................. 33

Introduction to Glazing..................................................................... 33 Glaze-Firing Ranges........................................................................... 34 Glazing Methods................................................................................ 34 Glaze Faults........................................................................................ 36

6 Kilns and Firing................................................................... 38

General Kiln and Firing Practices...................................................... 38 Preparing and Loading Kilns............................................................. 39 Determining Appropriate Firing and

Cooling Ramps................................................................................. 41
Kiln Firing Chart................................................................................. 43
7 Studio Safety....................................................................... 44

Studio Safety Checklist...................................................................... 44 Toxic and Hazardous Materials......................................................... 45 Dust/Dirt Management..................................................................... 45 Skin Care............................................................................................ 45 Equipment Safety............................................................................... 46

Table of Contents
www.ceramicartshandbook.com | Copyright \u00a9 2001, 2007 The American Ceramic Society |\ue001
Preface

This Ceramic Arts Handbook is an abridged version of Vince Pitelka\u2019s best selling Clay: A Studio Handbook (The American Ceramic Society, 2001). His book has sold thousands of copies and is used both as a textbook and refer- ence resource in thousands of ceramics studios in art schools, community art centers, colleges, universities, and homes. While the book authoritatively explores each topic in great detail, we\u2019ve extracted some of the basic essen- tials you need to get you started on your clay adventure.

In his introduction, Vince writes \u201cThrough 30 years of experience as a studio potter, welder/fabricator/mechanic, and university educator, I have been collecting and disseminating information about ceramics. This book is a compilation of what I feel will be most valuable to ceramics students, studio artists, and educators, regardless of the particular direction of their ceramic work or teaching. I hope it will provide a convenient reference to help you through most of the steps in skill development, studio setup, and operations. It is my intent to offer answers and stimulate ideas.\u201d

Working in clay is one of the most rewarding activities. It\u2019s suitable for all age groups and personalities and provides challenges for every skill level. We believe that this Handbook will provide you with a deeper understand- ing and appreciation of this medium, and hope that you\u2019ll be able to spend many joyful hours ahead with your hands in clay.

Bill Jones
Ceramic Arts Book Manager
Clay: A Studio Handbook
by Vince Pitelka
The American Ceramic Society, 2001

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