BOOK REVIEW: Pottery You Can Use By Jacqui Atkin
Making tableware is as much art as it is skill and know-how. Everyone who owns a beloved cup that has just the right handle, an agreeably "deep" cereal bowl, or a plate that fits perfectly in the dishwasher knows that once you've found these pieces, you wish you had more of them.
We all use ceramics on a daily basis without thinking much about it, except when it comes to a favourite mug or cup, for instance. Why is it a favourite? Is it that it holds just the right amount of tea or coffee? Is it that it sits comfortably in the hand with an ample handle that allows you to hold it safely? Is it the clay the cup is made from - a fine porcelain or robust stoneware? Is it the rustic shape or refined, delicate, traditional or contemporary design? Maybe you just like the pattern on the outside!
In Making Pottery You Can Use, by Jacqui Atkin you'll learn how to create the pieces that will work best. Each element of the creative process is explained, including:
- Deciding the function of the item
- Working out proportions and making basic drawings
- Choosing the right clay and tools
- Design decisions, techniques to consider, variations to contemplate
- Picking the best method: throwing, slabbing, or coiling
- Choosing food-safe glazes, and more
Successful teacher, designer, and author Jacqui Atkin explains how to throw and hand-build pieces that are beautiful and practical, from plates, cups, and saucers to casserole dishes, pitchers, and tureens. Get started today and you'll have pieces that marry beauty, form, and function, and are perfect for all of your needs.