The Beginner's Guide to Hand Building Functional and Sculptural Projects for the Home Potter

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Pub. Date: 2022-10-11
Publisher(s): Quarry Books
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If you’ve ever wanted to try hand building with clay, or if you have ever taken a class and walked away wishing you knew more, it’s time to step into the studio with Sunshine!

In The Beginner’s Guide to Hand Building, beloved ceramics teacher and best-selling author of Mastering Hand Building, Sunshine Cobb, offers her friendly support and expert instruction on how to create your own handbuilt pottery. You’ll start at the beginning of the process with a tour through a typical ceramics studio, a discussion of the best clays for hand building, as well as a variety of helpful tips for keeping your body and mind ready to work. Then pick the path that’s right for you in the chapters that follow.

Develop new skills and unlock your own creativity as you explore:

  • Sculptural projects like flora, fauna, wall tiles, animals, and hanging clouds.
  • Functional items like spoons/scoops, a citrus reamer, butter dish, tapas plates, and a coffee pour-over vessel.
  • Mixed media projects including a candlestick holder, mobiles, and a soap dish.
  • And of course, everything you need to finish your project, with a variety of surface decoration options.

Throughout the book, skill-building is front and center, with tips and tricks to help you crack the code and make pieces you’re proud of. Gallery work from some of today’s top artists are sure to inspire potters of all levels. What will you make first?

Author Biography

Sunshine Cobb, author of Mastering Hand Building, is a ceramic artist and instructor based in California, where she is currently a visiting professor at Sacramento State University. She has previously held adjunct or visiting professor roles at Sonoma State University, University of Pacific, and Utah State. She has experience with everything from eight-day anagama wood firings to slip casting ornaments, but she focuses her talent on functional ware, embracing the richness of earthenware and exploring the challenge of electric firing. Sunshine has been the recipient of the Windgate Fellowship Emerging Artist award, a featured emerging artist in Ceramics Monthly (cover artist), and a long-term resident at Archie Bray. She has taught workshops across the country including Penland School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont, Santa Fe Clay, and The Clay Studio. She holds a BA in studio art from CSU Sacramento and an MFA in ceramic art from Utah State University.

Table of Contents

section 1
Body and Mind 
How to Use This Book 
Miscellaneous Terms
and Concepts 
Foundational Skills 
Surface Development 
section 2
Wall Tiles/Hangings 
Soap Dish 
section 3
Citrus Reamer 
Butter Box 
Tapas Plates 
Coffee Pour-Over 
Match Striker 
About the Author 

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