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The Potter's Dictionary


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Image Credits List Of Colour Plates Preface Acknowledgements Standard Abbreviations A Note On Nomenclature Alphabetical Entries Postscript By David Livingstone Appendix Of Tables 1.Standard Abbreviations 2.Simplified Ultimate Analyses of Vegetable Ashes And Bone Ash 3.Simplified Ultimate Analyses of Some Common Materials 4.Harrison Pyrometric Cones 5.Harrison Minibars 6.Orton Pyrometric Cones, Large and Self-Supporting 7.Orton Pyrometric Cones, Small and Bars 8.Seger Pyrometric Cones 9.Bullers Bars 10-16. Tables Concerning Densities and Contents of Suspensions 17.Elements 18.Capacity Equivalents 19.Slop Weight Equivalents 20.Weight Equivalents 21.Length Equivalents 22.Capacity Factors 23.Density Factors 24.Dry Weight Factors 25.Oxide Effect on Surface Tension 26.Thermal Expansion And Contraction 27.Acceptable Limits for Unity Formulae of Glazes 28.Mohs' Scale of Hardness 29.Effective Ranges of Glaze Oxides 30.Mineral Constants 31.Incandescence 32.Conversion of Temperatures 33.Temperature Equivalents 34.Valency 35.Atomic to Visible Particle Sizes Compared with Wavelengths of Electromagnetic Radiation 36.Periodic Table of Elements 37a. Potter's Periodic Table 37b. Potter's Periodic Table - Alkaline/Acidic Oxides 38.Alternative Oxide Names 39.Analyses of Some Insulating Refractories 40.Energy Equivalents 41.Pressure Equivalents 42.Mesh Sizes 43.Conversion Scales Bibliography Appendix of Suppliers Appendix of Addresses for Standards and Safety Green Addresses Appendix of Internet Resources for Potters Recipe Appendix

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The essential encyclopaedia of ceramic tools, materials and techniques, thoroughly revised and updated for its sixth edition.

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Frank and Janet Hamer have been making, teaching and writing about ceramics for over 60 years. Their joint knowledge, experience and energy are evident in all areas of their work and ceramics practice. They have jointly authored books and articles, shared studios and fired kilns, four of which they designed and built together. They have taught hundreds of students and helped to found a pottery society that is now 50 years old. They have produced and sold thousands of pots and ceramic sculptures. Janet sadly died in 2014, and Frank has completed work on the new edition of The Potter's Dictionary.


This latest edition is justifiably called "the potter's bible", as it is the definitive, technical and scientific tome for all ceramicists working with clay ... An up-to-date, easy-to-use reference work which is a must-have for all art libraries both in the UK and overseas. * Reference Reviews *
This is a substantial and very comprehensive book, and a must for any studio ... Essential. * Aylesford Pottery newsletter *
A mine of information on materials, tools and techniques, The Potter's Dictionary is the essential reference book for potters. This is the book to turn to, not only if you have trouble with firing, cracking or glaze fit, but also if you really want to understand the science of clay and glazes. -- Linda Bloomfield, Ceramicist, UK
The Potter's Dictionary is an indispensable reference book not only for potters of all ability levels, but also for pottery enthusiasts. It's exceptionally easy to use and comprises countless comprehensive descriptions which are supported with photos, illustrations, diagrams, tables, etc. It contains a lifetime's work and really is a must-have book. -- James Hazlewood, passionate collector of British studio pottery, UK
The 6th edition of The Potter's Dictionary is the definitive guide to the art and science of ceramics. It remains the essential reference book for all practising ceramicists and academics. With concise and lucid alphabetical entries, excellent appendix and good images the book is inspirational as well as informative. -- Vivienne Foley, Ceramicist, UK

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