Glass, Metal, Mosaics & Clay

  • 20 to Make: Mini Mosaics

    Mini Mosaics includes a broad range of designs, in different shapes and styles and using different materials. All projects are accompanied with an alternative version, following the same method but using a range of different materials and colours.

    The projects include mosaics which are fridge magnets, wall hangings, coasters, mirror frames, jewellery and paperweights and many more. Materials are readily available from craft stores, online mosaic suppliers, or simply sourced from charity shops or collected while you're out on a walk!

    These designs are accessible to all ages and suitable for all abilities, these projects are perfect for those who are new to mosaics, love the designs or simply want to have a go, as well as more experienced mosaicists who are looking for new ideas and inspiration. Aimee Harman uses materials and techniques that make the projects ideal for children, under adult supervision.

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  • 20 to Make: Pewter Jewellery

    These 20 simple, easy-to-make jewellery pieces, including brooches, necklaces and bracelets, are all based on the simplest technique for embossing sheet pewter – low-relief embossing. The pewter is combined with semi-precious stones and beads; glued to other materials such as wood, plastic and little scraps of fabric; and coloured with glass paints, giving the finished pieces a bright, colourful, contemporary feel.

    Each project is accompanied by a beautiful, full-colour photograph of the finished piece; clear, step-by-step instructions; lists of the materials and equipment needed; and templates (where required). Two versions of each project are included, each made by following the same step-by-step instructions but by varying the embellishments, materials or colours used.

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  • Amazing Glaze

    In Amazing Glaze, you will learn to love glazing with a variety of techniques, sure-fire recipes and inspiring work from some of today's top ceramic artists.

    Start in the "glaze kitchen" where you'll set yourself up for success, then move on to learning the tools and techniques for glazing right every time. Along the way, the author shares dozens of tried-and-true recipes and combinations for both mid-range and high-fire.

    The recipes and the foundational techniques here are just the beginning. Learn about layering with slip and underglaze, work with resists and combine techniques to take your glazing above and beyond. Whether you're after crystalline effects, an elusive red or a crash-course in applying lustre, it's all here.

    A variety of artist features and stunning gallery work from todays top artists will leave you inspired and ready to get glazing!

  • Beginner's Guide to Enamelling

    Dorothy Cockrell encourages readers to enjoy the delights of this exciting and gratifying craft.

    • Easy step-by-step photographs and instructions guide you through all the different techniques, illustrating how beautiful and unusual effects can be achieved once the basic principles have been learnt
    • Discusses how to prepare the metal, choosing and mixing colours and firing methods
    • More advanced techniques are also included: stencilling, drawing on enamel, sgrafitto, using rubber stamps, working with gold and silver leaf, and more
    • Make jewellery, decorate boxes, create pictures, embellish bowls and produce many unique designs – the vibrant colours and wonderful textures will make you want to experiment and develop your own projects

    Packed with stimulating and innovative ideas, this book will appeal to beginners who want to start a fascinating new craft, and it will also inspire anyone interested in the art of enamelling.

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  • Beginner's Guide to Pottery & Ceramics

    Clay is an exciting material that has been used to make both practical and decorative items since prehistoric times. With this practical guidebook, learn all the skills you need to start creating your own beautiful ceramics.

    Step-by-step photographs and clear instructions will guide you through the core techniques, including pinching and coiling and throwing and trimming. Discover inspirational projects as your skills progress, from simple coiled vases with painted decoration to marbled clay boxes with transparent glazes. Learn how to decorate and fire your clay vessels with myriad textures, using methods such as inlays, slips, sgraffito, feathering, burnishing and resist.

    Following the impressive projects inside, you can put your new-found skills into practice and develop your creativity.

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  • Clay

    From decorative pieces to the beautiful but functional, to sculptural works pushing the boundaries of the medium, Clay surveys the rich creative output of 50 of the top studio potters from around the world.

    The book is a celebration of a new generation of artisans working in clay, a snapshot not necessarily of what is happening at the elite gallery level but rather a behind-the-scenes look at unique and eclectic offerings, both functional and sculptural, from small studios around the world.

  • Colour in Glazes

    A complete guide to achieving a fantastic spectrum of colourful glazes for the studio potter, Colour in Glazes looks at all the methods of achieving colour in glazes, focusing on colouring oxides in detail, including the newly available rare earth oxides. Types of base glazes and the fluxes used to make them are discussed in relation to colour response.

    Emphasis is placed on using colouring oxides to achieve depth and variety of colour, rather than just resorting to commercial ceramic stains. The practical aspects of mixing, applying, testing and adjusting glazes are explained, and a large section of test tiles and glaze recipes is included for use on white earthenware, stoneware and porcelain fired in electric, gas and salt kilns.

    This is a very useful book aimed at making glazes to achieve the colour you want, and to help you broaden your palette.

  • Dry Glazes

    This book covers everything you need to know to understand and create dry glazes. Dry glazes were and are used by some potters and often by ceramicists creating sculpture, where a shiny glaze is inappropriate. Dry Glazes:

    • Covers slips and engobes, oxides and stains, matt glazes and low alumina surfaces, as well as textured and pitted lazes
    • Explains thoroughly what makes up a dry glaze and how to create them
    • Presents work by artists using these glazes, as well many test tiles of examples of dry glazes with their corresponding recipes

  • Encyclopedia of Mosaic Techniques

    The Encyclopedia of Mosaic Techniques shares the ancient methods for creating decorative artwork with mosaic tiles. This visual directory helps you transform your pottery, furniture, walls and floors with fabulous creative mosaics.

    Learn foolproof techniques for getting colours to work together to create dynamic designs. It needn't be expensive: find out how to work with improvised mosaic tiles, such as pebbles, coloured glass and other found materials.

    • An A–Z of 28 techniques
    • A gallery of over 30 beautiful examples of mosaic artwork to inspire
    • Includes expert tips and advice on everything you need to know about the art

  • Encyclopedia of Pottery Techniques

    Discover all the major pottery techniques used the world over, from time-honoured traditional methods to exciting new developments. These include coiling, combing, resist decoration, sgraffito, slabbing and texturing clay. Once you've learnt these essential techniques, put your new skills into practice with a wealth of inspirational examples, ranging from bowls, vases and cups, to plaques, spheres and sculpture.

    In addition, advice on materials and equipment is provided to help you on your crafting journey, including kilns, glazes, moulds and more. Finally, a gallery of stunning images is featured throughout the book, demonstrating an array of beautiful designs by established potters and ceramicists that will inspire both beginner and experienced potters.

  • From Clay to Kiln

    From Clay to Kiln is a guide for anyone working with ceramics, from absolute beginners, weekend crafters and students, through to practising ceramicists.

    In this book, Stuart Carey invigorates and encourages you through all stages of the pottery process. Covering all the information you need about tools and materials, he takes you through preparation and hand building, throwing and finishing your vessel, to glazing and firing.

    You will gain an in-depth knowledge of how clay works and how to apply your skills to the wheel and beyond. With simple step-by-step tutorials, clear visuals and Stuart’s helpful hints and tips, you can jump straight in with confidence and create a piece of pottery that marries beauty, form and function. With stunningly beautiful photography throughout, this is a book to inspire.

  • Handbuilt: A Potter's Guide

    In Handbuilt: A Potter's Guide, Melissa Weiss takes an organic approach to harvesting and working with local clays, and even shows you how to mix your own glazes to use on functional pottery for use at home.

    She provides you with a solid course on slab and pinch-pot techniques that allow beginning students to master the basics and progress through finished wares. Looking to go a little deeper? Melissa also offers her unique knowledge of how to dig and process local clays for use in pottery, and for the techniques she has developed for creating unique glazes with ash, salt and other dry materials.

    Learn the basics of handbuilding and more with this engaging guide.

  • How to Work with Ceramics

    This book features a collection of techniques beginning with basics such as making pinch pots, coil building and slab construction to more advanced techniques such as throwing and mould-making.

    All techniques are followed by several inspiring projects such as the square-slabbed dish and square porcelain wall boxes. Each project is designed to appeal to both the beginner and the seasoned potter. In addition to step-by-step instructions for all techniques, it features a history of the subject and information about various clays and kilns.

  • Lustre

    The book covers recipes for making your own lustres and techniques for applying and firing (all critical factors), as well as showing you the results of the author's extensive testing to help point you in the right direction.

    Today one of the most commonly used lustres is a resin lustre (known as the 'commercial' lustre) which also contains some appalling thinners which are known carcinogens. There is therefore an advantage to making your own using more natural materials. This handbook covers every lustre that can be made, with recipes and kiln instructions.

  • Make It with Air Dry Clay

    Delve into the world of air-dry clay crafting with 20 beautiful, easy-to-make projects that are suitable for all skill levels. Air dry clay looks, feels and performs like traditional clay but requires no oven bake or fire; professional-looking ceramics can be made in the reader's own kitchen without the need for a kiln.

    Each project comes with step-by-step photos and detailed, easy-to-follow instructions. The book also includes instructions for all the core techniques, plus traceable templates. In no time beautiful homewares and jewellery can be created that will be sure to impress.

  • Mastering Hand Building

    Mastering Hand Building teaches everything you need to know about building with clay by hand, from the basics of coils and slabs through more complex form design.

    From pinch pots to coiled boxes to soft slab tableware, Sunshine Cobb covers all the foundational skills, with lessons for constructing both simple and complex forms.

    You'll also find a variety of next-level techniques and tips: designing templates and replicating pieces, lidded vessels, using moulds, 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.

  • Mastering Kilns and Firing

    Mastering Kilns and Firing is an all-in-one resource for potters looking to go beyond the electric kiln.

    Learn the key techniques, tips, and tricks for pit, barrel, raku and wood firing. Fall in love with flames, wood and the effect that unique firing methods have on pottery. Move beyond the electric kiln and explore the dramatic surfaces of raku, the flashes of salt firing and the rustic look of ash rivulets.

    Lindsay Oesterritter provides a crash course in the most accessible methods of alternative firing. Raku firing requires minimal equipment and can easily be fuelled with a standard propane tank. Likewise, pit and barrel firing do not require much in the way of initial investment. Yet all these techniques provide an immediate glimpse into the magic of firing. Bright reds and blues, dramatic black and white crackle, even metallic lustre are instantly possible. For more experienced potters and studios looking to offer more, he also explores wood-fired kilns.

    Drawing on years of experience and extensive interviews with fellow wood-fire potters, there is no comparable resource on the market.Features on top potters working today get to the heart of specialty techniques and asides show firing variations and traditional kilns in different cultures around the world.

    A gallery of show-stopping work from a diverse group of artists rounds out the package and will inspire you to get started.

  • Metal Clay Jewellery

    This guide to metal clay jewellery features silver, copper and bronze clays. It is thorough enough to lead a beginner through the process from start to finish, but innovative enough to inspire even experienced jewellery-makers.

    There are 17 jewellery projects including rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and decorative clasps. Many of the projects include ideas for adapting the project or producing it in other metals. The author uses the clays in often new and innovative ways, such as using hand-drawn scratch-foam reliefs to create texture, oven-bake enamel to create colour, and, for those who like to adapt their jewellery according to their mood, she uses nuts and bolts to create a stunning ring with interchangeable heads.

    A reference section includes firing guides for a large range of gemstones, ensuring that you are well-equipped to go on to design and make exactly the kind of jewellery you want.

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  • Mini Menagerie

    Mini Menagerie includes 20 adorable animals – giraffe, penguin, elephant, cat, swan,flamingo, sloth – to create with polymer clay.

    The projects have clear step-by-step instructions that will ensure your miniature creatures are perfectly formed and the stunning photographs and extensive techniques section will show you everything you need to know to embark on these intricate projects. Suitable for all skill levels.

  • Mould Making for Glass

    Nearly all glass makers (unless they are blowing glass) need moulds which can go in the kiln, as part of the process of creating theirwork.

    This book aims to introduce all the mould-making techniques for casting glass, with detailed information on materials, recipes for mould mixes, methods and applications. Features include:

    • Methods for different types of work and all the basics of how to make your mould
    • Practical information on sourcing, storing, using and recycling materials, and how to develop your own recipes and methods for particular projects
    • Where to start with writing programmes for kiln firings including annealing and cooling
    • Images from well-known artists working in cast glass