Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coils, and More

Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coils, and More

by Sunshine Cobb


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From pinch pots to coiled boxes to soft slab tableware, mastering hand building is a lifelong pursuit. In this book, Sunshine Cobb covers all the foundational skills, with lessons for constructing both simple and complex forms from clay.

Ceramic artists will also find a variety of next-level techniques and tips: designing templates and replicating pieces, lidded vessels, using molds, a variety of decorative techniques, and other avenues of exploration are all inside.

Artist features and inspirational galleries include work from today's top working artists, such as Bryan Hopkins, Lindsay Oesterritter, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Bandana Pottery, Shoko Teruyama, Courtney Martin, Sam Chung, Deborah Schwartzkopf, and many more. 

Take your hand building skills—and your artwork—to the next level with Mastering Hand Building.

The Mastering Ceramics series is for artists who never stop learning. With compelling projects, expert insight, step-by-step photos, and galleries of work from today’s top artists, these books are the perfect studio companions. Also available from the series: Mastering the Potter's Wheel and Mastering Kilns and Firing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760352731
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Series: Mastering Ceramics Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 136,800
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sunshine Cobb 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

Foreword Andrea Gill 6

1 The Basics 9

The Studio 10

Self-Care 16

Tools and Materials 23

Clay 27

Managing the Drying Process 34

2 Pinch Pots and Coil Building 41

Pinch Pots 42

Removing and Adding Clay 44

Pinch-Pot Mug 48

Coil-Built Vase 55

Fixing Cracks 64

Coil-Built Box with an Inset Flange 69

3 Getting Started with Slabs 79

How to Make Slabs 80

Templates 87

Slab Bowl 90

Slab Cup (with Bisque Mold) 95

Slab Cake Plate 101

4 Next Steps in Slab Building 109

Casserole Dish 110

Hard-Slab Box with Capped Lid 120

Molds 127

Slump-Mold Plate 135

Drape-Mold Plate 139

5 Developing Content 145

Starting Your Journey with Content 146

6 Decorating and Finishing 165

Adding Texture 166

Slip Techniques 171

Glazes and Underglaze 178

Resists 183

Kilns and Firing Schedules 189

Slip and Glaze Recipes 192

Templates 197

Resources 201

Index 204

Acknowledgments 207

About the Author 208

Artist Features

Bryan Hopkins 20

Janice Jakielski 32

Giselle Hicks 52

Lilly Zuckerman 67

Birdie Boone 98

Kate Maury 132

Peter Christian Johnson 151

Zemer Peled 157

Chris Pickett 175

Lindsay Oesterritter 186

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