What are the best books about ceramic arts?

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    #1Japanese Wood-Fired Ceramics

    Japanese Wood-Fired Ceramics
    Japanese Wood-Fired Ceramics is a nonfiction book about the methods, materials, and so on about the ceramic arts. This is written by Marc Lancet. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Krause Publications.
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    Bryan Hopkins
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a fascinating book about ceramic arts in Japan. I learned a lot by reading through this book and found their style to be very interesting. I think it's worth a read for anyone who is interested in this sort of thing. The book is very well put together and reads quite easily."
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    #2The Unknown Craftsman

    The Unknown Craftsman

    The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty is a nonfiction book about the methods, materials, and so on about the ceramic arts. This is written by Soetsu Yanagi, Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, and Muneyoshi Yanagi.

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    Karen Watson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I just got into the ceramic arts and I have the book The Unknown Craftsman to thank. The book is so inspirational and educational. If you don't want to get hooked on ceramics, don't read this book. "
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    #3Clay: The Potter's Wheel

    Clay: The Potter's Wheel
    Clay: The Potter's Wheel is a nonfiction book about the methods, materials, and so on about the ceramic arts. This is written by Maurice Sapiro. With over 80 pages, this book is published in 1982 by Davis.
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    Lawrence Burke
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Master the art of the pottery wheel, to throw bowls, vases, lamp bases, even sculptural instructions."
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    #4Early Pottery

    Early Pottery

    Early Pottery: Technology, Function, Style, and Interaction in the Lower Southeast is a nonfiction book about pottery or ceramic arts with contributions by Rebecca Saunders, Richard A. Weinstein, Anthony Ortmann, etc.
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    Christina Fields
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The title "Early Pottery" is an accurate description of this book...simple, boring, and uninteresting. The book does give us some history into the early creation of pottery and ceramic arts however the writing is dull and uninteresting. It is not a recommendation for best books about ceramic arts, one would likely much prefer a book that also includes images for a total comprehensive view of the arts."
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    #5Ceramics: Ways of Creation

    Ceramics: Ways of Creation

    Ceramics: Ways of Creation is a nonfiction book about the methods, materials, and so on about the ceramic arts. This is written by Richard Zakin. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 1999 by Krause Publications.

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    Teresa Johnston
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is a great big book to start with plenty of pages. Learning about the ceramic arts would be great by reading this book."
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    #6The Art of Contemporary American Pottery

    The Art of Contemporary American Pottery

    The Art of Contemporary American Pottery is a nonfiction book about the methods, materials, and so on about the ceramic arts. This is written by Kevin A. Hluch. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Krause Publications.

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    Jack Yi
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "When I was a kid my grandma used to make pottery. That is why I was excited to get The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. I had not done any pottery since I was a kid. I thought this book could help me get ideas for what I wanted to start on. I found it very useful. "
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    #7Handbuilt Ceramics

    Handbuilt Ceramics
    Handbuilt Ceramics: Pinching, Coiling, Extruding, Molding, Slip Casting, Slab Work etc. is written by Kathy Triplett about the ceramic arts. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 2000 by Lark Books.
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    Andy Gu
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I thought this book was pretty good. It gave me some really good ideas. I also thought the illustrations in the book were very well done. If you like ceramics, this is a good book to own."
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    #8The Potter's Complete Book of Clay and Glazes

    The Potter's Complete Book of Clay and Glazes

    The Potter's Complete Book of Clay and Glazes: A Comprehensive Guide to Formulating, Mixing, Applying, and Firing Clay Bodies and Glazes is written by James Campbell. Published by Watson-Guptill.

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    Danielle Johnson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I see this is a long-standing standard, or at least advertised as such, being from 1977. I love that the first and foremost point is removing toxic compounds in this reboot of the book; that increases safety I didn't realize I should be worried about. I think it does a pretty good job covering the topic, and could be complimented by a multicultural overview of ceramic arts. "
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    #9The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes

    The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes

    The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes is a nonfiction book about the methods, materials, and so on about the ceramic arts. This is written by Emmanuel Cooper. Published in 2004 by University of Pennsylvania Press.

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    Crystal Bradley
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "After researching a lot of ceramic arts book, I've finally discovered the best books about ceramic arts. The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes is hands down the best book about ceramic arts. This book covers various different pottery methods. I was able to learn so much and make so many different unique pottery."
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    #10Functional Pottery

    Functional Pottery

    Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose is a nonfiction book about the methods, materials, and so on about the ceramic arts. This is written by Robin Hopper. Published in 2000 by Krause Publications.

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    Larry Henry
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Perfect match for the category. Much information here for both the novice and experienced pottery maker."
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    #11The Tao of Cob

    The Tao of Cob

    The Tao of Cob: How a Kansas Grandmother Built Her Own Natural Home in the Woods is a book by Dorethy Hancock. First published in 2013 by Dorethy Hancock, it narrates the author's experiences with cob building.

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    Lori Hudson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Half 'How-to" and half memoir, the author tells, in her own pithy down-to-earth style, of her experiences building a cob house and a straw bale house. Pictures give the reader an inside view of the philosophy and practicality behind natural building, an ages-old practice that is becoming ever more popular around the world."
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    #12The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources

    The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources

    The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources is a book by Joseph F. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith, and Catherine Wanek. First published in 2001 by New Society Publishers, the book offers insights into natural building designs.

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    Thomas Nelson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Art of Natural Building is a fantastic resource. This is literally "the book" on natural building designs, and its authors can rightfully claim to have written "the book" on the matter. If you have a need of such a niche resource, look no further - this is it. This was an invaluable resource to my small business!"
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    #13The Cobber's Companion

    The Cobber's Companion

    The Cobber's Companion: How to Build Your Own Earthen Home is a book by Michael G. Smith. First published in 1999 by Cob Cottage, it offers guides on how to build cob, a traditional mixture of earth, sand and straw.

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    Wayne Hunt
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Cobber's Companion is a very niche book. It's essentially a guide on how to build cob, a traditional mixture of earth, sand, and straw. This is a detailed book on how to build an earthen home as it advertises. It's about sustainability and it's very relevant on an environmental and social level. I flipped through it and I thought this wasn't for me. I'm all for trying out new things and learning new things, as I preach sustainable practices in my work place, but this was all a bit odd for me. I'm not going to discourage people away from this but know that you have to be pretty on your cob game to get something out of this."

Summary

Best What are the best books about ceramic arts
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Japanese Wood-Fired CeramicsBooks 29 Paid
2The Unknown CraftsmanBooks 28 Paid
3Clay: The Potter's WheelBooks 27 Paid
4Early PotteryBooks 19 Paid
5Ceramics: Ways of CreationBooks 12 Paid
6The Art of Contemporary American PotteryBooks 11 Paid
7Handbuilt CeramicsBooks 9 Paid
8The Potter's Complete Book of Clay and GlazesBooks 4 Paid
9The Potter's Book of Glaze RecipesBooks 3 Paid
10Functional PotteryBooks 1 Paid
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