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CA144_Electric-Kiln-Ceramics-_300THottest New Book
Electric Kiln Ceramics

by Richard Zakin and Frederick Bartolovic


This fourth edition of Electric Kiln Ceramics, Richard Zakin’s seminal work on understanding and using the electric kiln to its fullest potential, has been completely rewritten, reorganized, and expanded by Frederick Bartolovic. Hand picked by Zakin to carry the title forward, Bartolovic has added new sections with step-by-step instruction on forming and finishing pieces for electric firing, schedules for firing both manual and computerized kilns, and has lavishly illustrated the book with completely new images that highlight many of the most exciting results that are possible with electric firing. From Zakin embracing and promoting the electric kiln as a tool that yields exciting results to Bartolovic presenting it within the frame of contemporary practice, technology, and aesthetics, Electric Kiln Ceramics promises to continue inspiring and educating ceramic artists for generations to come.


Softcover | 256 Pages | Order code CA144


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CA124-PottersKitchen-COVER_350Best Selling Book
In the Potters Kitchen

by Sumi von Dassow


Do you even know any potters who don’t cook? Wouldn’t it be great if there were a pottery design, technique, and glaze recipe book put together with a food recipe book? Well now there is, and it comes from the extensive research and passion of veteran author Sumi von Dassow. Each chapter includes an overview of the type of ware being discussed, design considerations, projects for making pots, and of course, recipes to cook in them! Besides her own explorations in the studio and kitchen, she’s reached out to potters who share her passion of food and clay to make this book a truly one-of-a-kind experience.


Softcover | 168 Pages | Order code CA124


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Fundamentals of Wheel Throwing with Jennifer Allen


Jennifer Allen presents a thorough introduction to throwing on the potter’s wheel. She starts off with an introduction to the essential tools and an excellent wedging demonstration. Once at the wheel, she begins with basic cylinders, providing an in-depth demonstration of the centering process and throwing the walls, complete with cross sections of the pots at every step along the way. From cylinders, it’s on to mugs, bowls, and bottles, and she explains the considerations for each from centering through trimming and adding handles. For every form covered, Jennifer demonstrates a variety of options for shaping, which will help spark your creativity. If you have been struggling to conquer the wheel, or if you are just starting out, Jennifer Allen’s instruction in this video is exactly what you need.


Run Time: 2 hours 45 minutes – Two discs


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Intermediate Wheel Throwing with Jennifer Allen


In this follow up to her Fundamentals of Wheel throwing video, Jennifer Allen draws on her years of teaching ceramics at the college level to present intermediate-level instruction on throwing on the potters wheel. This video is intended for those who have achieved some mastery of basic throwing skills and are ready to move on to more complex techniques such as throwing off the hump, making larger pieces from two parts, and throwing and assembling non round forms. Jennifer also covers plates, pitchers, and lidded containers, presenting variations on each that will help you find the technique and style that works best for you. If you are looking to further develop your skills, the clear, in-depth instruction on this video is for you!


Run Time: 2 hours 20 minutes – Two discs


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Narrative Animal Sculpture with Lisa Naples

Animals have long been used as symbols in storytelling all around the world, and visual artists have been using animal figures in artwork for just as long. If you want to tell stories in clay using animals, but need a little guidance along the way, Lisa Naples’ newest video Narrative Animal Sculpture can set you on the right course. You’ll be amazed at how quickly Lisa’s clay critters take shape, and eager to give it a try in your own studio.
Run Time: 2 hours 20 minutes – Two discs

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Developing Glazes

by Greg Galy


Developing your own glazes can be tricky because success depends on so many factors. In Developing Glazes, Australian ceramic artist Greg Daly aims to demystify the whole glaze development process with practical advice and complete, step-by-step instructions. A practical glaze book for clay lovers at any skill level, it’s the perfect addition to any ceramics library.


Softcover | 128 Pages | Order code CA126


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Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs with Liz Zlot Summerfield


In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Liz Zlot Summerfield demonstrates her techniques for making handbuilt functional pottery with soft slabs and energetic surfaces. Liz explains how to develop interesting forms and the how to effectively use various materials to develop a creative look and feel for the surface. You’ll enjoy the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions geared to clay lovers at every skill level.


Run Time: 2 hours 20 minutes – Two discs


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