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Hi guys!

In my country, It's rare of ceramics book in the book store. I am looking for ceramics book and wanna get those on line, especially in decorative techniques, contemporary ceramic artist or any books that good for the potter...

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I would suggest checking out the library. I know it sounds odd in this computer age but my local library has a lot of books. But I will give you a few that I have enjoyed.

 

A Potter's Book by Bernard Leach

 

If you are into slip casting then The essential guide to mold making & slip casting by Andrew Martin is good.

 

Finally, I am thinking about setting up my own small studio in my garage and The potter's alternative by Harry Davis has a lot of do it yourself equipment designs for making your own tools.

 

Josh

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Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface by Robin Hopper is one of my favorites. I find all of Robin's books very helpful.

 

 

I second the "Making Marks" actually I would recommend all of Robin Hopper's books!

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Unfortunately, the pottery book publishers are very slow to accept electronic publishing. There is a strong fear of piracy.

 

Ironically, pottery books and videos are the most under-pirated topics I discovered when doing research into piracy in this field. I found one book, no videos. Not even the very popular, very expensive Robin Hopper videos. And DVDs are very easy to copy digitally, so it's not a matter of difficultyin copying.

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Clary Illian's A Potter's Workbook, is a good studio companion for those working on the wheel.

Robin Hopper's Making Marks is great for decorating as previously mentioned.

Also look at some of the videos on Ceramic Arts Daily. There are some very innovative techniques out there.

 

Marcia

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Unfortunately, the pottery book publishers are very slow to accept electronic publishing. There is a strong fear of piracy.

 

Ironically, pottery books and videos are the most under-pirated topics I discovered when doing research into piracy in this field. I found one book, no videos. Not even the very popular, very expensive Robin Hopper videos. And DVDs are very easy to copy digitally, so it's not a matter of difficultyin copying.

 

WOW! really? In my experince, I see tons of people freely ripping off this stuff and distributing bootleg copies of disks to their friends. Not distributing "on-line" in places like file-sharing sites but "privately". I am totally amazed that you did not find this. Did you correct for the volume of actual pottery units compared to units for say music and "best seller" type offerings?

 

I would expect it to be "less" in a broad way because the pottery specific market is less in total volume. But I would not have expected it to be very low when looked at as a percentage of units sold.

 

If correct info, it says good things about potters, I guess.

 

best,

 

................john

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Unfortunately, the pottery book publishers are very slow to accept electronic publishing. There is a strong fear of piracy.

 

Ironically, pottery books and videos are the most under-pirated topics I discovered when doing research into piracy in this field. I found one book, no videos. Not even the very popular, very expensive Robin Hopper videos. And DVDs are very easy to copy digitally, so it's not a matter of difficultyin copying.

 

WOW! really? In my experince, I see tons of people freely ripping off this stuff and distributing bootleg copies of disks to their friends. Not distributing "on-line" in places like file-sharing sites but "privately". I am totally amazed that you did not find this. Did you correct for the volume of actual pottery units compared to units for say music and "best seller" type offerings?

 

I would expect it to be "less" in a broad way because the pottery specific market is less in total volume. But I would not have expected it to be very low when looked at as a percentage of units sold.

 

If correct info, it says good things about potters, I guess.

 

best,

 

................john

 

 

 

 

I have always loved a good book in hand. Especially true of technical or How to types. I probably have better selection of Ceramics books than most smaller libraries having had a discount at most bookstores as a teacher. Most years I would add 5-10 books to my personnal library. True not all on Ceramics, some on drawing, painting, and computer graphics and animation, but they all seemed to relate. I still enjoy them, as I do the professional magazines each an old friend.

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WOW! really? In my experience, I see tons of people freely ripping off this stuff and distributing bootleg copies of disks to their friends. Not distributing "on-line" in places like file-sharing sites but "privately". ....

 

 

I agree with John. I would think the people who most "need" these books and videos are the newer potters of our world... the starving artists if you will. They're in a time crunch... they must work full or part time to survive... whatever time they have left they try to better themselves in the pottery arena and make a couple bucks. Many have to make a choice... spend $40-50 for book or DVD, or spend that money on 100 pounds of clay to make something to sell. Apparently many choose the clay and look for a friend who will loan them the book/dvd.

 

Why aren't these dvds showing up on the file sharing sites? Numbers, as John said, but I'll also bet it's a function of their entertainment value and available discretionary time. The people who rip commercial movies and post them to the file share sights are braggarts of a sort... they do what they do because they can... and they get accolades for doing it from the pirate community. Nothing like that exists for potters, to my knowledge. There's also the matter of the time it takes to learn how to pirate things and the actual time it takes to pirate something... ie, the conflict between ripping a dvd and uploading it to the fileshare versus throwing a pot. For us clay addicts apparently throwing a pot wins.:P

 

I'm not advocating piracy. I know many in our community rely on workshops, DVDs, books, etc. for supplemental income... hence, any copyright infringement is taking food from their mouths. The conundrum is whether we are pricing these items beyond the means of the majority of the target audience? There's a reason why some potters crank out short clay videos like crazy... they make money from it... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/11/business/media/11youtube.html

 

There's no free lunch... or an easy answer. :(

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