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I was browsing the pottery books available this morning and felt completely overwelmed.  There are hundreds.  I thought we could post our recommendations here to help the next artist find the best ones.





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The very best video on American ceramics that I have seen is "Revolutions of the Wheel: The emergence of American clay art." It is a five part series with each video about 30 minutes long. I also have a few DVD's purchased from NCECA. Just about any of the videos that NCECA has produced are well done and worth watching.

My favorite ceramics books are:
Studio Ceramic Dictionary by John Conrad
Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes/Robin Hopper
Hands in Clay by Charlotte Speight/John Toki
Out of the Earth Into the Fire by Mimi Obstler
The Craft and Art of Clay by Susan Peterson
and any of the 500 series books by Lark Books

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Some other great books---

For Handbuilders:
Coiled Pottery by Betty Blandino
The Art of Handbuilt Ceramics by Susan Bruce

For Alternative Firing Techniques:
Barrel, Pit, and Saggar Firing edited by Sumi von Dassow
Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques by James C. Watkins and Paul Andrew Wandless

For Everybody:
Making Marks and The Ceramic Spectrum by Robin Hopper (more technical information)
The Ceramic Surface by Matthias Osterman
I also love the 500 Lark book series. 


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My current favorites:

Thrown Pottery Techniques Revealed, Mary Chappelhow
Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed, Jacqui Atkin

These two show the techniques with cross sections of the pottery. It makes it easier to see where they are putting their hands.

The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes: Glazing and Firing at Cone 10
by John Britt

I am working through this one because a) I am now the glaze mixer at the Petersen Art Center b) I have the freedom to test out some new recipes and c) Petersen currently only fires Cone 10 reduction.

The book seems well written and organized. Glazes are grouped by ingredient (like all the Iron glazes, subgrouped into Temmoku, Shino, etc). There are lots of pictures of the glazes on pottery and test tiles. The test tiles are split amongst clay types and firing types/schedules.
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