When the time came to create the third edition of his book “Electric Kiln Ceramics: A Guide to Clays and Glazes,” SUNY Oswego art Professor Richard Zakin decided to craft a whole new version.
“I was supposed to make only 30 percent changes, but that’s something I can’t do, so I started all over again,” Zakin said. “It has all-new photos and really all-new text. I just kept some diagrams the same.”
When the first edition came out in 1981, Zakin was one of the first people in the United States to talk about using the electric kiln to create high-quality work, he said.
While the process hasn’t changed much since then, or since the second edition appeared in 1994, “I did not want to reuse the photos because you want fresh material,” Zakin said. Including new work also allowed him to showcase up-and-coming artists who represented the future of the field.
The book offers some history of electric kilns, descriptions of how to use clays and glazes and what Zakin terms “recipes” for creating.
Zakin said two SUNY Oswego honor students, Ben Hance and Valerie Dielmann-Hance, provided production and clerical assistance.
The paperback book from Krause Publications retails for $44.99.
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PHOTO CAPTION: Remodeled book—Art Professor Richard Zakin signs a copy of his latest book, the third edition of “Electric Kiln Ceramics: A Guide to Clays and Glazes,” before presenting it to Mary Loe of Penfield Library. “I was supposed to make only 30 percent changes, but that’s something I can’t do, so I started all over again,” Zakin said of the fully revamped third edition of the book.
(Posted: Oct 20, 2004)