Survival of the craft will depend upon how well you use the available energy to process clay into a ceramic. This is a primary craft survival book.
This is the 1999 edition of a book which I wrote in 1975, first published by others. The nice thing about a field such as ceramics is that so little has changed over time. Everything in this book is still valid. We still place clay in a box and supply enough heat to transform the clay into a ceramic. It is a science, but with some kilns it is an art, bordering on a miracle.
So, what's all the mystery? Some people can fire successfully and some can't. Some kilns fire easily and some are stubborn or seem to ruin most of what is placed in them. All of this can be explained if you understand the firing process.
That's what this book is all about. Its purpose is to replace mystery with understanding. No more never-ending firings, or puzzles about something strange and unexplained happening.
The other reason for the book is to conserve energy. Don't get upset. By conserving energy, we make the craft more affordable in this time of high energy costs, and thereby! We prolong the craft and the craftsperson. Conservation of energy also means less pollution because more of the fuel is burned and not belched into the atmosphere. With an ever increasing population, we all eat, breathe, small, and live with someone else's pollution. We cannot afford this.
In a single, focused book, we can learn what it takes to fire a kiln without mysteries, with far less firing cost, and with less rejects.
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Have you read the headlines lately? We are facing a fuel shortage come winter and fuel costs are predicted to skyrocket. Combustion efficiency means getting all the heat from the fuel that you have paid for. If you are a ceramist, getting the most heat from your fuel could mean survival of the craft. If you are a homeowner, it could keep you from converting to pauper or from becoming a Popsicle. ISBN 0939656175 contains the needed information for checking combustion efficiency the way the pros do, and it also checks fuel oil and propane. Gas still burns the way it did 30 years ago, it just costs more.About the Author :
Ralph has been working with clay since the 1950's as a sculptor and potter. First as a hobby and later as owner and operator of Studios West, Encinitas, Calif., for 20 years. Studios West was an Art Studio specializing in architectural sculpture.
This book was written from that experience. His efforts now are to write and publish that wealth of experience and knowledge for the benefit of those who follow. Times are changing and those who survive as ceramists will have discovered how to best use the increasingly precious , available energy to produce affordable ceramics objects
That is the goal of this book..
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Description du livre Ritchie Unlimited Publications. Plastic Comb. État : VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. N° de réf. du libraire 2768089881