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The Ceramics Studio Guide: What Potters Should Know

Jeff Zamek, Foreword by Steven Branfman

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Learning from others' mistakes is always more efficient and less costly than committing them yourself. This book is packed with practical information that will enable potters to successfully complete the many steps in pottery production. Making functional pottery or ceramic sculpture entails many different skill sets and processes in forming clay, drying clay, glazing, and firing. Any one of these steps can cause failures. As ceramics consultant Jeff Zamek points out, under ideal conditions a beginning or advanced student would be guided by a teacher at every step; mistakes and bad habits would be caught as they occurred and corrected. While such learning situations are rare today, this book fills the gap. As Zamek says, "This book offers you forty years of wisdom, generated by my students' and my client ceramics companies' issues with clays, glazes, and kiln firing." With its solutions to common problems, this guide helps potters to succeed.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 243 color images | 240 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356483

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Jeff Zamek holds a business degree and BFA and MFA degrees in ceramics from Alfred University’s College of Ceramics in New York. While there he developed the soda firing system used at Alfred, and went on to teach at Simon’s Rock College and Keane College. During this time he earned his living as a professional potter. In 1980 Zamek founded Ceramics Consulting Services, a consulting firm developing clay body and glaze formulas for ceramics supply companies. He is a regular contributor to several ceramics magazines and technical journals. His other books include What Every Potter Should Know, Safety in the Ceramics Studio, and The Potter’s Studio Clay & Glaze Handbook.