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Carve Your Clay


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Table of Contents


Meet Hilda

Chapter One: Introduction to Carving

Chapter Two: Tools

Chapter Three: Inspiration

Chapter Four: The Projects

1. Serving plate - sgraffito
2. Sink tidy - Mishima inlay
3. Jug - faceting
4. Candle holder - piercing
5. Hanging planter - fettling
6. Utensil jar - carving agateware
7. Bottle vase - combing
8. Serving tray - carving and impressing
9. Wall tiles - geometric carving
10. Noodle bowl - carving during throwing
11. Mug - faceting
12. Mini cactus planter - sgraffito on glaze
13. Planter - carving
14. Cylinder vase - sgraffito
15. Serving bowl - organic carving
16. "Initial" coaster - sgraffito using printed template
17. Cup - multi-layered carving of a slip-cast form
18. Stem vase - etching
19. Salad bowl - relief carving
20. Pie dish - wire cutting


About the Author

A set designer by trade, Surrey-based Hilda Carr turned her hand to ceramics in 2014 and now sells her work through her website as well as in shops and galleries across the UK. She has built up a large following on Instagram (30.5K) where she frequently shares her development and techniques. Check her out @hildacarrpottery on Instagram and www.hildacarrpottery.com.


Focusing on the pottery surface this book covers a wide range of decorative carving techniques, from incising, combing, inlaying to sgraffito, faceting and fettling.

The techniques are taught through 16 projects with clear step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions. With easy guides on how to create form as well as information on glazing and firing, this is a comprehensive guide suitable for potters of all skill levels.

* Emerging Potters *

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