Cuerda Seca: The Definitive Guide to Cuerda Seca Tile

Suhag Shirodkar

Available June 2022


For any ceramic artist who has ever dreamed of making cuerda seca (literally "dry line") tile, this practical and comprehensive handbook covers every aspect of the process, from formulating the right clay body to final installation. Studio layout, equipment, tools, materials, design methods, and printing techniques are discussed clearly and succinctly, with an eye toward making you comfortable and confident with the process. Design considerations and constraints are illustrated with real-life examples, so that you can make informed choices about patterns and glazes. Delve into cuerda seca’s history and context in the societies of India, the Middle East, Spain, and the western United States to understand the roots of this stunning tile. The exuberance of cuerda seca will inspire you to take this delightful art form further and higher still. An invaluable resource for individual ceramists and production studios alike, this is the perfect companion on the cuerda seca journey.

Size: 8 1/2" x 10" | 250+ color images and illustrations | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764363092

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Suhag Shirodkar is a self-trained ceramist with a background in chemistry and over two decades of practice making cuerda seca tile and murals. Her experience making and installing cuerda seca both in California and India has given her insights into two very different studio ceramics environments, enabling her to write in a way that speaks directly and with relevance to ceramic artists worldwide.