This book is intended as a practical guide for cottage and small-scale ceramics production, primarily in developing countries, using locally-based technology and available raw materials, where machinery usually needs to be made locally in order to be practical. However, we think it may also be of use in developed countries, as many studio potters are shifting from one-person production to a group approach, creating interest in the revival of jiggers, handmade tiles, etc.
It is assumed that the reader is already producing ceramics, or is looking into the possibility of starting ceramics as a business.
Much of the material is based on the direct experience of the authors in developing countries, in particular Nepal, Burma, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh and Thailand, where we both have been involved for several years in ceramics development projects, and have looked closely at the various problems and solutions, past and present. Information about forming systems and machinery designs is for the most part not available in books. Nor has there been much documentation of successful systems that small factories use in developing countries. We hope that this book will help to fill the gap.