Friday, March 16, 2012

On the bookshelf..

Who doesn't just love a great book? I saw this book at the library and when I opened it, I knew it was going home with me for a spell! It's titled "Ceramics for Beginners". If you have every wanted to work with clay and want to get started making things without the wheel, this book will get you on your way. And while I agree it's great for beginners, I have to add there's likely something in there for many levels of potters.

There were so many great tips - and without giving away the contents of the book, here's just a small sample of tips:

Making a stamp using hot glue? I love it! If I was wanting to do something like this, I would have been carving on clay for days to make a stamp, but how neat is this? Just a wood block, and hot glue!

There were other great ideas for making your own stamps, and doing applique on the pottery.

I love this next idea here too - they are showing how to make a bird using newspaper as the armature. The paper will burn out during the firing. I love this idea too!

Hm, this would be a great way to make..... sheep!


  1. People keep talking about the demise of books, but I don't believe it will ever happen. There's just nothing like having all that information and inspiration on paper. The hot glue idea sounds interesting!

  2. What a clever idea to use,a hot glue gun to make a stamp!!!