9780812217551: Paperback
Release Date: 19th July 2000

120 color illus.

Dimensions: 155 x 235

Number of Pages: 128

Series Ceramics Handbooks

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.


All forms of traditional handbuilding are clearly described and beautifully illustrated in color.

Paperback / £28.99

In this book, Michael Hardy looks at the traditional handbuilding methods—pinching, coiling, slab building, and pressmolding—and explains how to do them. For many years these methods were eclipsed by throwing on a potter's wheel which came to dominate as a making method. However, in the past 30 years handbuilding has once again become a preferred technique among ceramic artists. These artists are engaged in exploring the creative possibilities that handbuilding offers, experimenting fully with and combining techniques in an effort to achieve their artistic vision. The results have brought forth some of the most exciting ceramics today.


1. A Brief Historical Background of Handbuilt Ceramics
2. Clay
3. The Working Space, Equipment and Tools
4. Pinching
5. Coiling
6. Slab Building
7. Press Moulding and Splipcasting
8. Combining and Developing Handbuilding Techniques

Glossary of Terms

Michael Hardy taught for many years at various colleges of art and design. Since he retired, he has been able to concentrate on his creative work and consultancy practice. He is a member of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen and his work appears in both private and public collections.

"A ceramics handbook that would be a perfect choice for any art school. . . . This introduction to techniques covers everything from construction to controlling drying and slab building and is an excellent guide for ceramic artists interested in the revitalized art of handbuilding."—Bookwatch