A highly illustrated step-by-step guide to designing and making contemporary tableware in clay, featuring inspirational pieces by leading designers.
'This book is a go to book for the art of creating tableware... The level of experience between the pages of this book from Sue and Linda is unquestionably invaluable to the reader.' Keith Brymer Jones, Master Potter and judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down
The tableware we use is very important in our everyday lives, whether plates, bowls, mugs, cups or teapots. This stylishly illustrated guide helps budding and established ceramicists alike to create practical and attractive ranges, starting with design principles, working through appropriate construction techniques, and leading on to decoration and finishes.
Leading designers Sue Pryke and Linda Bloomfield explain the importance of inspiration and consistency in design, providing step-by-step guides to the main making methods, which include hand building, pinching, coiling, throwing and slipcasting. They also offer advice on using various clay materials – such as recycled and reused clay bodies – and the combination of clay with other materials including wood, metal, textiles and synthetics. Tips are provided on glaze fit, dishwasher- and microwave-safe glazes, firing and finishing.
Featuring beautiful photographs of the work of such prominent tableware makers as Sasha Wardell, James and Tilla Waters, Reiko Kaneko and Nico Conti, there are many sources of inspiration for those wishing to further their tableware ambitions.
“This book is a go to book for the art of creating tableware. Not only is it beautifully illustrated with wonderful examples of work. It explains in simple easy to understand terms of how to get started. The level of experience between the pages of this book from Sue and Linda is unquestionably invaluable to the reader.” —Keith Brymer Jones, Master Potter and judge on 'The Great Pottery Throw Down'
“Owning the book is like having a master craftsman in your studio.” —Anthony Quinn, Course Leader BA Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins
“visually appealing… This is best suited for experienced ceramicists looking to elevate their craft.” —Publishers Weekly
“This is a book to inspire anyone to enter a studio, get hands on and create their own stylish wares for the table.” —The Arts Society Magazine
"This step-by-step guide is a great source of inspiration for those wanting to further their tableware ambitions." - Ceramic Review
"Call this the apex of simplicity. Pryke and Bloomfield, commercial potters who design for powerhouses like IKEA, join forces to explain the how-tos of contemporary tableware… Color photographs showcase not only step-by-step details but also an incredible range of professional ceramics in the authors' understated aesthetic." - Booklist
"Packed full of inspiration for those wishing to further their tableware ambitions, the book provides ideas for potters at any level of practice." - London Potters Magazine
"A useful one-stop guide to the end to end process of making tableware." - Scottish Potters
"This book is beautifully produced and superbly illustrated" - Anglian Potters Magazine