The Beginner's Guide to Wheel Throwing: A Complete Course for the Potter's Wheel (Essential Ceramics Skills #1) (Hardcover)

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“An excellent guide for those aspiring to take up pottery making. […] While nothing can replace hands-on instruction, this book comes close.” ―Library Journal Starred Review

Ready, set, throw! If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at the pottery wheel, or if you have ever taken a class and walked away wishing you knew more, you’ve come to the right place.

Welcome to the wheel, from artist and instructor Julia Claire Weber. In The Beginner’s Guide to Wheel Throwing, you’ll find all you need to develop the skills (and patience) you need to make your first forms. You’ll start at the beginning of the process with a tour through a typical ceramics studio, a discussion of the best clays for throwing, as well as a variety of centering methods. Then unleash your creativity with the chapters that follow. You’ll find:

  • Starter projects like cups, bowls, and plates to hone your skills.
  • Tutorials on important topics like trimming and handles.
  • A unique decal workshop, unlocking the potential of image transfer.


Throughout the book, skill-building is front and center, with tips and tricks to help you crack the code and make pieces you’re proud of. Gallery work from some of today's top artists are sure to inspire potters of all levels. What will you make first?

About the Author


Julia Claire Weber is a full-time studio artist (Julia Claire Clay) and a part-time gallery manager. An alumni of the Odyssey Clayworks residency program, Julia was previously studio manager of Clayspace in Erie, PA and is a graduate of the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania ceramics program. Julia keeps a full teaching schedule at craft and art centers across the country and her work has been widely featured and displayed, including exhibitions at NCECA, Pottery Northwest, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Objective Clay, and the Touchstone Center for Crafts. In print, Julia’s work can be seen in Amazing Glaze, Creative Pottery, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Arts Daily, and more.

Praise For…


“Clear, concise, and beautifully illustrated, The Beginner's Guide to Wheel Throwing is a terrific primer. Within its pages, Julia outlines the tools, techniques, and terminology you'll need to make excellent pots on the wheel. The sections on trimming, handles, and decoration are top notch and will help you create pots that truly sing.”Gabriel Kline, author of the Amazing Glaze series of books; director of Odyssey Clayworks

“Julia Claire Weber’s book is a fun, one-on-one course on the fundamentals of wheel throwing complete with clear how-to photos and inspiring images of finished work by contemporary artists. Reading it feels like being in a studio with her while she shares tips and techniques for forming, decorating, and firing mugs, bowls, plates, and related forms. Her concise, engaging approach includes encouragement and humor at just the right times to remind those who are new to working with clay that both successes and failures are essential to learning to throw on the wheel.”Jessica Knapp, editor, Ceramics Monthly, associate editor, Pottery Making Illustrated

“Engaging from start to finish, Julia’s personality comes through in both the gorgeous illustrations and playful instructions. This book not only addresses the essentials but also includes information to help you express yourself creatively.”Jason Stockman, Assistant Professor, State College of Florida

The Beginner’s Guide to Wheel Throwing is orderly and easy to understand. Sections on slip decoration, glazing, and firing will undoubtedly prove to be a valuable reference for the novice ceramicist.”Lee Rexrode, Professor Emeritus, Edinboro University

“An excellent guide for those aspiring to take up pottery making. ... Weber has successfully created a how-to book for pottery making that will leave readers with the general knowledge needed to work with clay. While nothing can replace hands-on instruction, this book comes close. Libraries, teaching studios, and aspiring potters should all have this book on hand.”—Library Journal Starred Review

“An ideal DIY instructional guide and manual for aspiring pottery makers.”Midwest Book Review

"Clearly presented color photos and concise instructions make The Beginner's Guide to Wheel Throwing the perfect introduction for students interested in the potter's wheel. Artist and instructor Julia Claire Weber's friendly, encouraging voice guides readers through fun, yet impressive, projects such as bowls, mugs and plates...will inspire readers as they progress on their creative journeys."Shelf Awareness
Product Details
ISBN: 9781631599354
ISBN-10: 1631599356
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication Date: December 21st, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: Essential Ceramics Skills

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If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
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In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
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Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
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- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
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Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

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Speed Reading

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Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
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