The Bottom Line
- Appropriate chapters end with "safe practice" sections for that topic
- Great tips on many areas of working with clay
- A noticable lack of sample floor plans
- Trade sized paperback, 128 pages, well illustrated with diagrams and full-color photographs.
- Discuss workshop planning, ceramic materials, studio equipment, kilns, and pottery business fundamentals.
- Gives fourteen examples of pottery workshops, including individual potters' studios and multiple-potter workshops.
Guide Review - "Setting Up a Pottery Workshop" Helps Your Studio Work for You
Setting Up a Pottery Workshop covers a lot of ground, and the ground it covers, for the most part, it covers very well. This is definitely a book with a lot to offer. Certainly, Young's flow chart of pottery activities is a huge help in understanding how to group work areas, but in a book with this title, I expected more.
I was rather dismayed at the lack of attention to the question of layout if you were building a pottery workshop from the ground up. Although I understand and agree with Young's position that most pottery workshops are created out of 'found' space, I was very disappointed that he did not give one sample floor plan. At the very least, floor plans of the fourteen example pottery workshops he discusses in the last chapter would have also been pertinent, interesting , and useful.