Out now! Handbuilt Ceramics published by Crowood Press
Written during periods of lockdown in 2020 it is brilliant to be able to share what has been a major project. I am very grateful to the nine invited makers who made such a generous contribution by sharing their practice: thankyou Paul Briggs, Mark Draper, Lynda Draper, Madoda Fani, Wanying Liang, Claire Partington, Eusebio Sanchez, Dirk Staschke & Patricia Volk.
Here's the blurb: Handbuilt Ceramics is a practical guide to all aspects of technique, but goes further by exploring the studio practices of ten exciting contemporary makers. Advice is given on how to get started and information on tools and equipment, types of clay and a safe workspace set-up. Handbuilding methods, such as pinching, coiling, slabbing and press moulding, are explained in detail with step-by-step sequences. Techniques for creating surface interest, pre and post firing, are included using coloured slip, glaze or paint. Ideas for combining techniques and ways to experiment are explored and encouraged, as well as tips to avoid common problems and to achieve successful outcomes. With over 350 lavish photos, this book will provide inspiration through a unique understanding of current work. It is written both for the novice and for the experienced maker looking for a new direction.