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Making Pinch Pots
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 30 June 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219965
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: £14.99
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Making Pinch Pots


35 beautiful projects to hand-form from clay by Jacqui Atkin (Author)

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Book Description

Pinch your pottery! A step-by-step guide to making clay pots.

Everything the maker will need to produce fabulous pinched ceramics is included here, from choosing clay and a style of decoration, to firing and beyond. Fully cross-referenced throughout, there is a wealth of choice and styles to mix and match to make each project truly unique. Whether just starting out with clay or an established maker, the book has something for all.

Filled with an exciting range of projects, explained with step-by-step photography and options for surface decoration, there is something to suit all making preferences from functional wares to the purely decorative and fanciful sculptural works. This book proves that pinching is a way of working equal to all other methods and that it can produce items of refinement and sophistication.

A gallery of makers provides added inspiration and shows the potential of this underrated making method.

Table of Contents

Clays and Equipment
Earthenware, Stoneware, Porcelain, Paper clays, Clays for specific purpose, List of essential tools, List of desirable tools, Kilns, Kilns for alternative firing methods, Health & safety

Chapter One: Basic Techniques

Pinching a basic shape, Joining pinched sections to make hollow forms, Increasing size
Methods of slip application, Decorative techniques using slip, Mixing glazes, Glaze application, Glaze on glaze techniques with resists, Underglaze colors and ways to work with them, Post firing techniques

Chapter Two: The Projects - Making

Bowls, Plates, Dishes, Teapot, Cups and mugs, Condiment sets, Eggcups, Spoons, Jugs/pitchers, Vases, Tea light
Fruit forms, Pod/Seed head forms, Animal forms for a money box, Bird form

Chapter Three: The Projects - Decorating

Pouring bowl, Large fruit bowl, Dips dish, Vinegar/oil bottle, Eggcups, Fruits/pods, Bird form, Pitcher, Tea light, Mug

Chapter Four: Gallery of Makers

Glossary, Index

About the Author

About Jacqui Atkin

Jacqui Atkin is a professional studio ceramicist, author and gallery owner living in rural Shropshire, England. Currently working as editorial consultant and project editor for ClayCraft magazine, she is one of the UK's foremost teacher-authors writing today. She is the author of Beginner's Guide to Pottery & Ceramics and Pottery You Can Use. She has amassed an impressive number of five-star reviews for her books on Amazon.

Visit her website www.jacquiatkin.com.


Customer Review

As someone who has never worked with clay before this book is excellent.  Great section on the different types of clay, another on tools & equipment. Good to see the tools marked up as essential, can be replaced by or useful but not essential as I usually feel overwhelmed by the requirements for a new craft. Most of the 35 projects are useful items and the step-by-step instructions and photos are very clear and easy to follow.  The projects allow you to progress with your skills as you work through them. I haven't attempted any of the finishing techniques yet, but again the instructions are clear and concise. Would recommend the book to anyone new to working with clay.

Customer Review

Having won this book in a competition I was pleased to find it was well written and informative. Lots of ideas for this pottery novice to get to grips with when I finally get round to joining a pottery class.

Customer Review

Fabulous book. So informative with step by step guides. So pleased with it and its given me confidence to try new shapes and techniques.

Roger Bell

It is a long time since I reviewed a book on actually making pots. So let us get back to basics with the making of pinch pots. The technique most of us started with to get the feel  of handling clay but abandoned when we were allowed on the wheel or utilised clay slabs. Later it became useful from time to time for additions to a form. Yet for some it has remained a major element in hand building work including Jacqui Atkin, who is the author of 8 books currently in print and has taught ceramics. She makes (and sells) her own work using a combination of slabbing, throwing, coiling and pinching.

The format of the book is a commonly used one. The basics of clays, tools and equipment, health and safety and the main hand building techniques are described. These are followed by 35 different projects. The final chapter covers the basics of decorating and there is an index. The core making processes section goes on from straightforward pinching to joining pinch pots and the use of wooden dowels to produce cylinders and conical tubes. All notable for the clarity of text and photos.

The quality of this kind of book is dependent on how interesting the projects are, how clearly each is explained and overall is it value for money. There are 35 projects included starting with a simple cereal bowl and covering a range of  domestic ware including mugs, jugs, cup and saucer, and even a teapot. Vases, a piggy bank and a tea light are covered as are sculping a pine cone, an artichoke and a blackbird. Each starts with an indication of  the difficulty, the amount of clay required and the tools utilised. There follows a series of photos with descriptions of the stages of making. Each project has a photo of a glazed finished piece. Clarity is sought and achieved for each object and there is no hiding of the difficulty of working on some pieces. For example the tea lights are made from porcelain. It is made clear that it is a difficult material to work but practice makes the end result worth the effort.

Page layout of text and photos is very clear. The paper used is of a good thickness but not as glossy as usual with publications these days. I presume this may help keep production costs reasonable. It does not detract from readability and seemed to avoid the reflections  you sometimes get from high gloss paper under artificial light. Making Pinch Pots is certainly excellent value for money.

Crafts Beautiful

Produce fabulous pinched ceramics Jacqui Atkin's Making Pinch Pots. From what type of clay to choose and decoration style, to firing and beyond, Jacqui offers up her wealth of knowledge to help make each project unique. This helpful guide proves that the pinching way of working is filled with potential and can produce beautifully reined and sophisticated items.

Also by this author:

Beginner's Guide to Pottery & Ceramics

Beginner's Guide to Pottery & Ceramics

By Jacqui Atkin


Pottery You Can Use

Pottery You Can Use

By Jacqui Atkin


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