Books & Periodicals
A location to order ceramics books from, especially books that are out of print or hard to find.
The best of the best. Centered in studio practice, Studio Potter promotes discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community…”a magazine for the community of potters everywhere. It is written by potters and directed toward fellow-potters who earn their living by making pots…”.
The Potters Shop
The largest and most comprehensive selection of pottery books and films anywhere plus our hand picked selection of potters tools. We have books and films in every category including out of print, rare, and collectible titles.
A monthly publication contains much how to information, in addition to information about artist, schools, and pretty much everything – has a very large readership.
A monthly publication of ceramic art trends, tools and techniques
An online collection of art critiques, reviews, interviews and articles. Critical Ceramics is now on virtual hibernation, yet still old post, very valuable.
Interpreting Ceramics Journal
An international refereed electronic journal of reviews and articles worldwide.
Potters, collectors, enthusiasts, students, teachers, critics, gallery owners, artists and designers all read Ceramic Review for its mix of practical and critical features on contemporary ceramic art and craft, around the world. Ceramic Review is published six times a year. Ceramic Review is part of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.
Ceramics Art and Perception
Established by Janet Mansfield in Australia, Ceramics: Art and Perception set the international standard for a high quality journal dedicated to ceramic art. It contains approximately 23–28 reviews, substantial articles and regular features on a broad range of ceramics related subjects. A companion journal, Ceramics TECHNICAL was launched. This publication is focused on technical issues in the field of ceramic art including research, culture and strategy.
Extensive resource on ceramics and pottery, including the web’s largest up-to-date links database, hundreds of articles on contemporary and historical ceramics.
Ceramics Art Daily
CeramicArtsDaily.org is an online community serving active potters and ceramic artists worldwide, as well as those who are interested in finding out more about this craft.
The book list below is related to the mission of the field guide. In addition, the last chapter of the field guide there are PDF book list’s from a lot of different people with a variety of contents. New books come out all the time – please send suggestions of books that you find helpful!
Browning, Beverly A. Grant Writing for Dummies. New York: Wiley Publishing, 2001.
Thompson, Waddy. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing (The Complete Idiot’s Guide). Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2003.
Camenson, Blythe. Great Jobs for Art Majors. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Salmon,Mark. Opportunities in Visual Arts Careers. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Branfman, Steven. The Potters Professional Handbook. Krausc Publications, 1999
there are a lot of “how to be an artist and run a small business” type books, find a style and content that suits you!
Crawford,Tad. Business and Legal Forms for Crafts. New York: Allworth Press, 1998.
Dillehay,James. The Basic Guide to Pricing Your Craftwork. Torreon, NM: Warm Snow Publishers, 1997.
Duboff,Leonard D. The Law (In Plain English) for Crafts. 5th ed. New York: Allworth Press, 1999.
Hopper, Robin. Staying Alive: Survival Tactics for the Visual Artist. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2003. (Excellent book, now out of print, look on Amazon or contact Robin directly)
Lang,Cay. Taking the Leap: Building a Career As a Visual Artist. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, 1998.
Robbins, Rogene A. and Robert Robbins. Creating a Successful Craft Business. New York: Allworth Press, 2003.
CERF+. Business Insurance Guidebook for Artist. print an free pdf available at: Getting the Right Insurance Coverage
Scotchie,Virginia. Setting Up Your Ceramic Studio : Ideas & Plans from Working Artists (A Lark Ceramics Book). New York: Lark, 2003.
Fraser, Harry. The Electric Kiln: A Users Manual (Ceramics Handbooks). Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
Ritchie, Ralph W. Electric Kiln Handbook. 2nd ed. Springfield, OR: Ritchie Unlimited Publications, 1996.
This is an additional reading list from Lynn Duryea:
Being able to express ourselves in writing and to generate the many documents that accompany our artwork out into the world, is an essential aspect of what artists need to do. Here is a range of helpful sources:
The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E.B. White (Allyn & Bacon) the timeless and tiny volume on the grammatically and structurally correct way to write.
Writing for the Visual Arts by Mashey Bernstein & George Yatchisin (Prentice Hall), a short and accessible book that covers the basics of how to write about your art, resumes, press releases etc.
A Short Guide to Writing About Art by Sylvan Barnet (Pearson/Prentice Hall), more in-depth coverage of various kinds and styles of writing including manuscripts, research papers. Good to have.
The Practical Guide for the Emerging Artist by Margaret Lazzari (Harcourt College Publishers) is not inexpensive, but well worth the investment, full of very helpful information on how to function effectively as an artist. It includes helpful sections on various kinds of writing.
Easy Writer: A Pocket Guide by Andrea Lunsford (Bedford/St. Martins), a helpful source for grammar, style and research, with an almanac of resources from across disciplines. User friendly format.
The Everyday Writer by Andrea Lunsford (Bedford/St. Martin’s), billed as a short & sweet writing reference, it’s a more in-depth volume than Easy Writer by the same author. Also user friendly format.