A fascinating blend of the technical and aesthetic aspects of ceramics, this second edition features historical background information, analysis of image creation strategies, and numerous technical photos. Photo essays show such processes as raku, throwing on a wheel, slab construction, hand forming in a press mold, working with colored clay, creating a mold-formed vessel, and several others. Potters will find invaluable information on buying and formulating clays, creating form in clay, clay imagery, ceramic surfaces, choosing and applying glazes, firing clay bodies, analysis of glaze recipe types and kiln designs, and much more. Also included are dozens of clay body and glaze recipes. This greatly expanded and updated edition features more than 300 beautiful color photos of the most innovative work being done in the ceramics field today.