Favourite Clay Books

Want to learn more about clay? These are some of my favourite books on the subject!

50 Bowls

500 Animals in Clay

500 Cups

500 Figures in Clay

500 Pitchers

500 Plates & Chargers

500 Teapots

500 Tiles

A Potters Workbook – Clary Illian

Architectural Ceramics – Peter King

Ceramic Form – Peter Lane

Ceramic Surface – Matthias Ostermann


Ceramics – Glen Nelson (the first book I read about clay, a great starting point!)

Ceramics – Philip Rawson (recommended by Les Manning)

Coloring Clay – Jo Connell

Colour in Clay – Jane Walker

Contemporary Porcelain – Peter Lane

Contemporary Pottery Decoration – John Gibson

Design! A Lively Guide for Design Basics for Artists & Crafts People – Steven Aimone

From Mud to Music-Making and Enjoying Ceramic Musical Instruments – Barry Hall

Functional Pottery – Robin Hopper

Glazes and Glazing Techniques – Greg Daley

Handmade Tiles – Frank Giorgini

Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery – Robert Fournier (Recommended textbook for ACAD [Alberta College of Art and Design] Ceramics History Course)

Pots in the Kitchen – Josie Walker

Pottery in the Making-Ceramic Traditions – Ian Freestone & David Gaimster (Recommended textbook for ACAD Ceramics History Course)

Smashing Glazes – Susan Peterson

Studio Porcelain – Peter Lane

Surface Design For Ceramics – Maureen Mills

Ten Thousand Years of Pottery – Emmanuel Cooper

The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story of the Invention of Porcelain – Janet Gleeson

The Art of Handbuilt Ceramics – Susan Bruce

The Ceramic Design Book – Val M. Cushing

The Ceramic Spectrum – Robin Hopper

The Craft & Art of Clay – Susan Peterson

The Extruder Book – Daryl Aird

The New Maiolica – Matthias Ostermann

The Penland Book of Ceramics (Lark Books)

The Potters Dictionary of Materials & Techniques – Frank & Janet Hamer

The Potters Directory of Shape & Form – Neal French

The Teapot Book – Steve Woodhead

Wheel Thrown Ceramics – Don Davis

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