Pottery for Artists, Craftsmen & Teachers by George J. Cox
Great book! Great illustrations about turning common clay into useful ceramic objects. First published in 1914, it was still being printed during World War II. It was that good.
Chapters include history, clays and pastes, built shapes, moulding & casting, jigger and jolley work, thrown shapes, turning or shaving, tile-making, draying, firing biscuit, glost firing, glazes and lustres, decoration, figurines, kilns, equipment for a small pottery or school and more.
This is a small, but dynamite little pottery book. The author is an illustrator of the highest class as you can see here. But the text is straight-to-the-point and easy to read. The author obviously knew what he was talking about. (he should... he taught at Columbia Univ).
Great info on kilns. On turning clay dug out of the ground into three dimensional shapes. On using fire to turn the object into stone. Very primitive art. Very satisfying. And very useful.
Get a copy of this. Worth having. Worth doing. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 softcover 200 pages.