Linda Devenny on fri 10 dec 99
I need a book such as Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes, but
it's out of print. Isn't there a newer book that could be recommended?
Thanks for your advice!
Kat Neely Jones on sat 11 dec 99
I checked Powell's Bookstore's website and found that they have several
used copies in stock of Rhodes' Clay and Glazes for the Potter. You can find
them at http://www.powells.com/search/DTSearch/search. This is where I look
when I can't find my books anywhere else. (They claim to be the world's
largest new-and-used bookstore, and if you saw the place, you'd believe it.)
I would also recommend Ceramics Handbook by Charles McKee - it answered a
lot of my early questions in a very easy-to-read format. Also good are Robin
Hopper's Ceramic Spectrum, and Out of the Earth, Into the Fire by Mimi
Obstler. (I'm compulsive when it comes to pottery books... you should see my
library. I haven't even read them all, but I will, one by one....)
Have fun ~
Kat Neely Jones
Sheron Roberts on sat 11 dec 99
If you still want the Daniel Rhodes book, Highwater
Clays in Asheville, NC usually keeps it in stock.
They have an online site
Earl Brunner on sun 12 dec 99
They have at least 110 copies of the book (various editions, conditions and
These will be in diferent used book stores around the country. I get a lot of
my Ceramic reference books this way, often at substantial savings over the new
prices. Every book I have purchased has been in great condition.
Linda Devenny wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> I need a book such as Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes, but
> it's out of print. Isn't there a newer book that could be recommended?
> Thanks for your advice!
> Linda DeVenny
Paul Lewing on sun 12 dec 99
I have a few words of caution for people who are trying to teach
themselves glaze calculation from an old copy of Rhodes' "Clay & Glazes
for the Potter". I tried to do that several times when I was in school,
back when that was almost the only book there was. Each time I followed
him up to a point and after that he lost me. It wasn't till many years
later, when I taught myself from several books, that I realized why I
hadn't been able to get it.
THERE'S A MISTAKE IN THE MATH IN HIS EXAMPLE!
The copy I have I bought in about 1967, and I have no idea if or when it
Incidentally, I hear that Robin Hopper is rewriting this book. The
section on calculation should be interesting since Robin quite vocally
thinks the whole system is worthless.
Paul Lewing, Seattle
WHew536674@cs.com on mon 13 dec 99
There is a revised edition of Daniel Rhodes, Clay and Glazes for the Potter.
It can be ordered from Axner Pottery Supply. 1-800-843-7057. $31.95
Nina Jones on tue 14 dec 99
Hi, Linda. I don't know if Rhodes' book is out of print, but I do know
that Great Lakes Clay in Carpentersville, IL has it. Their number is
(800)258-8796 and I know they'll ship it to you if you're not close by.
As for more recent publications, there is the Ceramics Handbook by
Charles McKee (this one is heavy on glaze calculation, materials and
processes) and Ceramics: Mastering the Craft by Richard Zakin (this is
an overall view of ceramics materials and aesthetics). For an
understanding of glaze formulation, The Ceramic Spectrum by Robin Hopper
is very nice.
Nina D. Jones