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Smoke Firing

Smoke Firing
Jane Perryman
London : A&C Black, 2008
TT920 .P4147 2008

Smoke firing is an ancient technique, used both to fire raw clay into durable ceramic and also to decorate it with smoke designs. Its technological simplicity not only lends itself to endless interpretations but encourages artistic creativity through improvisation and experimentation. Smoke Firing is a thorough survey of the varied work and approaches of contemporary artists today, showing recent innovative developments. By investigating the ideas of selected ceramicists Jane Perryman reveals the meanings and inspiration behind their work. Clear and colorful images demonstrate the various processes used. The book covers smoke firing using bonfires, various containers, earth pits, saggars, and kilns, with a chapter on how smoke firing can be used as an educational tool in groups and workshops. Dynamic illustrations feature the work of the 29 different artists represented, from 17 different countries, making it a truly international focus on smoke firing.

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