The Beginner's Guide to Decorating Pottery: An Introduction to Glazes, Patterns, Inlay, Luster, and Dimensional Designs (Essential Ceramics Skills) (Paperback)

The Beginner's Guide to Decorating Pottery: An Introduction to Glazes, Patterns, Inlay, Luster, and Dimensional Designs (Essential Ceramics Skills) By Emily Reinhardt, Amy Santoferraro (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Emily Reinhardt, Amy Santoferraro (Foreword by)
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Join ceramic artist Emily Reinhardt to learn how to decorate pottery surfaces with glazes, gold luster, patterns and marks, inlay designs, dimensional shapes, and much more.

With an emphasis on learning new skills, having fun, and embracing imperfection, The Beginner’s Guide to Decorating Potterysupports your creative process as you explore:
  • Basic information on working with clays as well as materials used for decorating.
  • Tutorials on color theory, combining form and function, and the importance of keeping a sketchbook.
  • Beginner-friendly projects that show how to apply surface-design techniques to simple pieces such as coasters, a cheeseboard, a wall hanging, plates, tumblers, vases, planters, and more.

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 ceramics artists is sure to inspire potters of all levels. What will you make first?

For beginners and those returning to ceramics, the Essential Ceramics Skills series from Quarry Books offer the fundamentals along with fresh, contemporary, and simple projects that build skills progressively.

Explore even more ceramics techniques with:The Beginner’s Guide to Wheel Throwing and The Beginner’s Guide to Hand Building.

About the Author

Emily Reinhardt is a ceramic artist and designer whose work focuses on beautiful, functional ceramic objects for the home. In her studio in the Crossroads Arts district of Kansas City, Missouri, Emily designs and builds by hand a variety of one-of-a-kind objects, including plates, vases, wall hangings, tumblers, mugs, goblets, and trays. Her modern, unfussy aesthetic features perfectly imperfect shapes and stunning surface design techniques, such as striking glazes, touches of gold luster, bold patterns, texture, and raised effects. Emily founded The Object Enthusiast in 2011 and continues to grow a loyal community of customers and students, teaching classes online through Skillshare as well as in-person at her studio. She is also the co-founder of her shop, Duet, and of The Ekru Project, an art gallery and curatorial project, both of which share space with her Crossroads studio. Emily lives in Kansas City, Missouri. To see more of her work, visit and @theobjectenthusiast on Instagram, Facebook, and Skillshare.

Praise For…

"Functional and beautiful, this book will likely inspire readers want to perfect their pottery techniques."—Library Journal STARRED Review

"A helpful primer on ceramic surface design techniques...This is worth a look."—Publishers Weekly

"Profusely illustrated throughout with color photographs, The Beginner's Guide to Decorating Pottery is an ideal DIY combination of instructional guide and 'how to' manual, providing thoroughly 'user friendly step-by-step instructions that will turn the most novice of potters into seasoned experts. Fun and informative."—Midwest Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780760381397
ISBN-10: 0760381399
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Essential Ceramics Skills