Saturday, August 15, 2015

New Ceramic Surface Design

Product was received for free in exchange for an honest review.

New Ceramic Surface Design is a fully-illustrated manual covering a wide range of creative surface decoration techniques presented in an approachable and accessible format. Ceramic artist and expert Molly Hatch guides beginners and more advanced ceramicists through various methods for creating designs on clay. You will be introduced to several different and new approaches for using your own imagery and content on the ceramic surface. Techniques include Mishima, tape resists, rubber stamping, and doodling to create line art, stamping, nature resists, found objects, and shellac resists to create textures, and sticker resists, contact paper stencils, paper resists, and Sgrafitto to create shaped designs. Detailed photography and hand-drawn illustrations document the processes and show beautiful completed samples. Templates and stencils for all the featured designs are included in the back of the book to use as is, or to tailor to your own tastes.

My thoughts:

Love this book! First of all, it is a nicely spiral bound book.  Second, i enjoyed reading the Artists inspiration in the book.

What I thought was very helpful is that near the front of the book there is a section labeled "Gathering Tools".  It is a list of tools you will need for most of the beautiful projects throughout the book.  So before you go any further in the book to pick a project, you will have the tools.  

There are step by step instructions on each project, with very colorful detailed pictures of said project.  And the instructions are easy to follow. Since I am a beginner, i was happy about that.  I felt although I had my very own personal art teacher, but only in book form.  There are many beautiful projects in this book, it is hard to chose what one to try first.