Ceramics for Beginners: Animals and Figurines

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By Susan Halls

Ceramists will welcome the return of this classic guide to creating clay figures—now revised with four new projects, updated galleries, and a fresh introduction!

With plenty of how-to images, this accessible beginner's guide teaches the art of making beautiful ceramic figures—both human and animal.  Anyone who has ever rolled a "snake" out of clay or pinched a piecrust can easily complete the 12 skill-building projects here.  Master teacher Susan Halls explores four basic techniques:  pinching, slab building, coiling, and dowel work.  Learn how to pinch a pot with a deep bowl shape, and use this technique to construct a plump pig.  With the slab building method, you can make an enchanting bird-relief tile or turn a favorite family photo into a delightful diorama.  The book also offers invaluable advice on setting up a studio or home workspace, using slips, and choosing a glaze.  Galleries featuring a range of ceramic work illustrate the creative possibilities of each featured technique.