Carter Pottery

Ben Carter is a ceramic professional based in Santa Cruz, CA who maintains a studio, teaches workshops and exhibits nationally. He is the creator and host of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog and podcast.  Carter was the 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.

Mastering the Potter's Wheel begins with an introduction to wheel-throwing before progressing to more complex forms and techniques. This book offers a world of possibilities with skill building lessons, exercises to maintain healthy posture, and detailed instruction that will take your throwing to the next level. There are also loads of inspirational images featuring today's top working potters, including Julia Galloway, Kristen Kieffer, Matt Long, Lorna Meaden, Doug Peltzman, and many more. Available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major booksellers.


"The ultimate 'how to pot' book, this is a must read for anyone pursuing his or her craft through a mindful and holistic approach. Gorgeously photographed process steps, paired with examples of wares by emerging and distinguished makers, contextualize the various processes of potting and set this book apart." - Sarah Millfelt, Director, Northern Clay Center
"Ben Carter's varied experiences working as an independent studio potter, educator, podcast host, arts administrator, artist in residence, and production potter in several countries have given him a unique perspective on different approaches to wheel throwing. In this book he enthusiastically shares the knowledge and tips that he has gathered over the years, providing readers with a wide range of approaches to learn basic skills and then to build on them to create a strong, individual style." - Jessica Knapp, Editor,Ceramics Monthly; Associate Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated
"Ben's thorough knowledge and extensive experience in ceramics comes to the fore in this comprehensive book - helpful advice for beginners with loads of tutorials, well-considered guidance for those with more experience, and galleries of examples to inspire into the future. This book deserves a place on the bookshelf in every ceramics studio." - Vicki Grima, Editor, the Journal of Australian Ceramics
"Mastering the Potter's Wheel is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about handmade pottery. The book provides clear instructions, thoughtful insights, and includes beautiful images of work from some of the best potters in the field." - Steve Lee, Director, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
"If I had a book like Mastering the Potter's Wheel when I was a student, I might have had a shot at becoming a passable potter rather than a curator and writer." - Garth Johnson, Curator of Ceramics, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center