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hamer's the potter's dictionary of materials and techniques

updated sun 11 feb 01


Joyce Lee on fri 9 feb 01

For all those who've posted, my copy of The Potter's Dictionary is their
Third Edition. First edition was 1975. I've heard there's a new edition
out now. Haven't seen it. It's advertised on book pages of ceramic pubs
regularly. And, yes, I agree with all who have mentioned that it's a
good idea to relate your reference source when you're writing on
Clayart; and concur with your reasoning that those clayarters who
haven't yet begun their collections of publications and who may be
isolated from other potters might have no idea that such wonderful
materials exist.... or with limited dollars are not sure where to start
buying if they do know. Some of you have said that you believed we all
carried all the clay info to which we've ever been exposed around in our
heads, ready to spurt out accurate, well articulated knowledge at any
given moment. Actually, quite a number of clayarters do have that
capability and experience.; it is obvious who they are..... but most of
us, dear buds, review our materials and then respond.... nothing wrong
with that... good use of materials and good review for the one who's

We often have had lists of favorite ceramic books on Clayart. But since
you've asked, mine change from time to time according to my present
state of learning. Beside my chair at the moment is Hamer's dictionary,
Out of the Earth Into the Fire, Pancioli's Extruded Ceramics, and Robin
Hopper's The Ceramic Spectrum.... each of which is well used, although
at times they go to the back shelf while I'm engrossed in a new ceramic
concept. I've never taken the time to read each from start to finish
except for Pancioli's after I bought Bailey's compressed air extruder at
NCECA last year ... but have read pertinent sections, ALMOST memorizing
them ... the four books mentioned and many others are great for quick,
or detailed, references.

In the Mojave where the sun is beaming and the brand new rabbits, who
know no better, love the FRESH fruits and veggies I put out for them.
When I first started feeding the wild rabbits, they were so accustomed
to selecting old, dried up sticks (blown down from the elm tree or the
olive tree)as their regular chow that they'd let the fresh stuff dry out
throughly before munching it... even watermelon! Drove me nuts.

Valice Raffi on sat 10 feb 01

Hi Joyce,

I laughed when I read your post about having books that you "look through",
rather than read. I recently started reading (from page 1) "Images in Clay
Sculpture" by Charlotte F. Speight. I've owned it at least 10 years!

I've been leaving it on the dining room table, open to where I left off,
ready for my next visit.

Valice in Sacramento
happy to have met fellow Clayarter Charles Moore yesterday

"Images in Clay Sculpture"
Charlotte F. Speight
Harper & Row
ISBN 0-06-438525-6