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Book List

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!

Emerging artist

Lazzari, Margaret R. The Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist. 2nd ed. United States: Thomson Learning, 2002.

Bhandari, Heather & Melber, Jonathan. Art / Work everything you need to know (and do) as you pursue your art career. Free Press, division of Simon & Schuster, NY 2009


Biespiel, David and Tricia Snell, eds. Artists Communities: a directory of residencies in the united states that offer time and space for creativity. New York: Allworth Press, 1996.


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

Studio-Setting up
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.