The Big Pottery Book List

The Big Pottery Book List

When you have the right pottery book, creating with clay can be freeing and amazing. You can create anything that you can imagine. However, it can be hard to understand how to do certain techniques correctly when you are first starting out. If you are learning at home or seeking new knowledge while taking classes, then pottery books can be a great way to learn how to go about successfully creating beautiful work.

It can be hard to keep track of all the pottery books that have been released and where you can find them. With so many pottery books released, having a list of books can be very helpful. In this article, we are going to list all of the available pottery books we could find, and where you can purchase them. If you’re interested in some more pottery books then check out our other articles, Five Pottery Books to Add to your Collection Today and Best Inspirational Books for Potters.

All of these pottery books can be purchased on Amazon. The name of the book will link you to the related Amazon page for purchasing.

We have listed 91 different pottery books, so see how many you own and let us know in the comments 🙂


Wheel Throwing

Mastering the Potter’s Wheel – Ben Carter
Pottery on the Wheel for Beginners – Steve McDonald
Pottery for Beginners: The Art of Wheel Throwing – George Sifounios
Throwing Pottery Techniques Revealed – Mary Chappelhow


 Hand Building

Mastering Handbuilding – Sunshine Cobb
Pinch Pottery – Susan Halls
Handbuilt Pottery Techniques Revealed – Jacqui Atkin
Ceramic Studio: Hand Building – Shay Amber
Handbuilt Tableware – Kathy Triplett
Ceramics for Beginners: Hand Building – Shay Amber





Ceramic Sculpture: Making Faces – Alex Irvine
Sculpting and Handbuilding – Claire Loder
Ceramic Sculpture – Edited by Anderson Turner
The Figure in Clay – Lark Brooks



250 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets for Potters – Jacqui Atkin
Potter’s Bible – Marylin Scott
Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook – Simon Leach
The Ceramics Bible – Louisa Taylor
The Potter’s Studio Handbook – Kristin Muller
Making Pottery You Can Use – Jacqui Atkin
A Potter’s Book – Bernard Leach
Pottery: A Beginner’s Handbook – Clifford Hilliard
Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person – Mary Caroline Richards
Ceramics: A Beginner’s Guide to Tools and Techniques – Elisabeth Landberger and Mita Lundin
Ceramic Design Course – Anthony Quinn
Ceramic Bead Jewelry – Jennifer Heynen
Extruded Ceramics – Diana Pancioli
500 Teapots – Suzanne Tourtillott
500 Teapots Volume 2 – Jim Lawton
Ceramics for Beginners – Emily Reason
The Encyclopedia of Pottery Techniques – Peter Cosentino
500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace – Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott
Ceramic Jewelry (Ceramics Handbook) – Joy Bosworth
500 Bowls – Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott
The Pot Book – Edmund De Waal
A Potter’s Workbook – Clary Illian
The Despicable Five – Steve McDonald



Mold Making and Slip Casting

The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting – Andrew Martin
Slipcasting (Ceramics Handbooks) – Sasha Wardell
Plaster Mould and Model Making – Charles Chaney and Stanley Skee
The Clay Lover’s Guide To Making Molds – Pierce Clayton



Pottery Form – Daniel Rhodes



Glaze and Kiln Focused

Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color – Brian Taylor and Kate Doody
The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes – John Britt
The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes – John Britt
Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques – James C. Watkins
The Potter’s Book of Glaze Recipes – Emmanuel Cooper
Kiln Construction – Joe Finch
Electric Kiln Ceramics – Richard Zakin and Frederick Bartolovic
Dry Glazes – Jeremy Jernegan
Crystalline Glazes: Understanding the Process and Materials – Fara Shimbo
Crystalline Glazes (Ceramics Handbooks) – Diane Creber
Natural Glazes: Collecting and Making – Miranda Forrest
Backyard Kilns – Steve Mills
Clay and Glaze for the Potter – Daniel Rhodes
Electric Kiln Ceramics – Richard Zakin
Alternative Kilns (Ceramics Handbooks) – Ian Gregory
500 Raku – Ray Hermachandra
Fired Up with Raku – Irene Poulton
Wood-Fired Ceramics – Coll Minogue
The Kiln Book – Frederick L. Olsen
Low-firing and Burnishing – Sumi von Dassow



Surface Focused

500 Prints on Clay – Lark Crafts
New Ceramic Surface Design – Molly Hatch
Surface Design for Ceramics – Maureen Mills
Image Transfer on Clay – Paul Andrew Wandless
The Potter’s Guide to Ceramic Surfaces – Jo Connell



Collector Focused

North Carolina Pottery – Barbra Stone Perry
Frankoma and Other Oklahoma Potteries – Phyllis Bess
Clay: Contemporary Ceramic Artisans – Amber Creswell Bell
Cherokee Pottery – M. Anna Fariello
Ceramics: Contemporary Artists Working in Clay
Heath Ceramics: The Complexity of Simplicity – Amos Klausner
Jugtown Pottery – Stephen C. Compton
Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni – Allan Hayes and John Blom
It’s Just Dirt! The Historic Art Potteries of North Carolina’s Seagrove Region – Stephen C. Compton
Ceramics: Contemporary Artists Working in Clay – Kate Singleton
Introducing Roseville Pottery – Mark T. Bassett
Mccoy Pottery: A Field Guide – Jeffrey B. Snyder
Rockwood Pottery – Jeffrey B. Snyder
The Arts & Crafts of Newcomb Pottery – Sally Main
Rookwood Pottery – Anita J. Ellis
Book of Buffalo Pottery – Seymour Altman
Pottery: Modern Wares – Leslie Pina
Chinese Ceramics – Laurie Barnes
The Penland Book of Ceramics – Lark
Urban Potters: Makers in the City – Katie Treggiden
The Miracle of Mata Ortiz – Walter P. Parks
From This Earth: The Ancient Art of Pueblo Pottery – Stewart Peckham
Hull Pottery – Jeffery B. Snyder
The Japanese Pottery Handbook – Penny Simpson


In conclusion, there are so many different pottery books that can be consulted for guidance and inspiration. We hope this list helps you find some new pottery books to add to your collection.

Know of any other pottery books that aren’t on this list? We would love to add them! Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Working with Clay by Susan Peterson

    She has written several books

    The Ceramic Spectrum by Robin Hopper
    Functional Pottery
    Also written a couple more.

    Peter Lane has written one, I think it’s called Ceramic Forms

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