Making Pottery You Can Use: Plates that stack • Lids that fit • Spouts that pour • Handles that stay on (Hardcover)

Making Pottery You Can Use: Plates that stack • Lids that fit • Spouts that pour • Handles that stay on By Jacqui Atkin Cover Image
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Create useful, everyday houseware that is perfectly fashioned just as you need it to be!

Envision your most cherished mug with the handle that's just right. Or that deep cereal bowl that's always your perfect serving. Picture plates that stack and fit exactly inside your cabinets or washing machine. Once you find these perfect pieces, don't you always wish you could find more? Now, with this helpful ceramic creation guide, you'll learn how to fashion pieces that work best for you!

Successful teacher, designer, and author Jacqui Atkin explains how to throw and hand-build pieces that are beautiful and practical. From plates, cups, and saucers to casserole dishes, pitchers, and tureens, you can craft and curate the pieces you've always dreamed of owning.

Each element of the creative process is explained, including:

  • Determining the function of the item
  • Working out proportions and making basic drawings
  • Choosing the proper clay and tools
  • Design decisions, techniques to consider, and variations to contemplate
  • Picking the best method of construction: throwing, slabbing, or coiling
  • Choosing food-safe glazes, and much more

Learn how to create plates that stack neatly, lids that fit perfectly, spouts that pour cleanly, and handles that stay strong. You'll also discover a range of decorative techniques that can add a personal touch to your creations without compromising their utility. 

Whether you're a beginner potter aiming to create your first piece or an experienced artist seeking to enhance your craftsmanship, Making Pottery You Can Use is an essential addition to your ceramics library. 

Grab your clay and Making Pottery You Can Use, and embark on a journey of creativity that marries beauty with practicality.

About the Author

Jacqui Atkin is a professional studio ceramicist whose work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the UK and is currently in public collections at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the City Museum, Stoke on Trent. She is the author of Troubleshooting for Potters, Hand built Pottery Techniques Revealed, Pottery Basics, The Tile Artist's Motif Bible and 250 Tips, Techniques, & Trade Secrets for Potters. For more information, visit

Product Details
ISBN: 9780764168734
ISBN-10: 0764168738
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: March 1st, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English