Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes

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Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes

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Originally published in 1957, Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes is a classic textbook for the potter, student, teacher, designer, collector, or industrial ceramist who wishes to know more about the materials of the craft of pottery and the ways in which the many varied colors and textures in ceramics can be achieved. It is a practical book, and for the first time the facts about clays and glazes and the principles governing their use are clearly described in complete and easy-to-understand form.

The origins of clay are discussed, and methods are given for blending various clays to get the desired results in the finished piece. The characteristics and ceramic uses of the various kinds of clays are described, and numerous recipes for earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain bodies are included, together with methods for mixing, additions for different textures, and suggested firing techniques. The author also tells where to find and how to test usable native clays.

The ingredients of glazes and the methods of glaze calculation are fully described. Complete information is given on the methods of coloring, blending, testing, applying, and firing glazes. A section on reduction firing tells the complete story of reduction glazes and colors, how to manage the kiln for reduction effects, and how to achieve unusual glazes and colors such as copper-red, celadon, crystalline effects, and ash glazes.

In the appendix, the author presents over thirty glaze recipes designed for various temperatures and effects. The book, which is illustrated with pottery by the author and with examples from some of the great ceramic periods of the past, is written in a straightforward style which presents the material in simple, nontechnical language.

Daniel Rhodes (1911 - 1989) was a famous American ceramic artist, sculptor, author and educator. During the twenty-five years (1947 - 1973) that he was on the faculty at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, in Alfred, New York, he built an international reputation as a potter, sculptor and authority on studio pottery. Rhodes' work is in permanent collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London); National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan); Smithsonian Institution (Washington DC); Museum of Contemporary Crafts (New York); Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, Iowa); Blanden Memorial Art Museum (Fort Dodge, Iowa); and Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). -- Excerpt from Wikipedia

Contents Covered:

  • Preface
  • Part One -- Clay
    • Geologic Origins of Clay
    • The Chemical Composition of Clay
    • The Physical Nature of Clay
    • Drying and Firing Clay
    • Kinds of Clay
    • Clay Bodies
    • Mining and Preparing Clay
  • Part Two -- Glazes
    • The Nature of Glass and Glazes
    • Early Types of Glazes
    • The Oxides and Their Function in Glaze Forming
    • Glaze Materials
    • Glaze Calculations, Theory, and Objectives
    • Glaze Calculation Using Materials Containing More than One Oxide
    • Calculating Glaze Formulas from Batches or Recipes
    • Practical Problems in Glaze Calculation
    • The Composition of Glazes
    • Types of Glazes
    • Originating Glaze Formulas
    • Fritted Glazes
    • Glaze Textures
    • Sources of Color in Glazes
    • Methods of Compounding and Blending Colored Glazes
    • Glaze Mixing and Application
    • Firing Glazes
    • Glaze Flaws
    • Engobes
    • Underglaze Colors and Decoration
    • Overglaze Decoration
    • Reduction Firing and Reduction Glazes
    • Special Glazes and Glaze Effects
  • Appendix
  • Index
Format: PDF Digital Reprint, e-Facsimile
No. of Pages: 244
Page Size: A4 (210mm × 297mm)
Download Size: 22.4 MB
Product Code CLA5802485

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