The Workshop Guide to Ceramics


An essential look-it-up resource for ceramicists, from weekend crafters to studio professionals


ISBN: 9780500516218 Category:

Duncan Hooson, Anthony Quinn


This comprehensive workshop reference for ceramicists brings together a vast range of skills, techniques and technical data in one volume to provide an essential look-it-up resource for weekend crafters, students and professionals.

Techniques are explored thematically to help the process of discovery that takes place in the workshop, supported by detailed descriptions and step-by-step photography. This allows the maker to evolve ideas in a natural way, with techniques building upon each other. All techniques are examined closely for relevance to practice and quality of finish.

The practical processes of running a workshop are discussed alongside the more complex techniques of making unique work. An extensive guide covers forming techniques, from pinch, coil, slab and wheel to mould-making, slip casting and extrusion, while detailed sections explore slip decoration, embossing and glazing, glaze recipes and applications.

Examples of how to set up a studio, good workshop practices, tool usage and recycling of materials act as a foundation to creating a strong environment to carry out your work. The book also includes a comprehensive guide to firing and kilns.

This book is the must-have workship guide for anyone working with ceramics, from weekend crafters, night school or college students through to practising ceramicists seeking a one-stop reference on techniques and processes.

Additional information

Weight 1436 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 26.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2012
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.6 x 26.5 cm
Weight 1436 g


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Anthony Quinn has a successful design consultancy, working across a range of materials such as ceramics, glass, wood and metal. His client base includes Wedgwood, Debenhams, Leeds Pottery, Design Ideas and British Airways. Duncan Hooson is a practicing ceramicist employing a wide range of ceramic techniques and scale, from high-relief murals to domestic and sculptural forms for internal or exterior locations.