This complete, concise book, Ceramics, is a particularly valuable addition to the library of the student of the studio potter because of its outstanding illustrations. Mr. Nelson has displayed a wonderful sensitivity to the medium, as well as the method, in his choice of photographs. His chapters on Modern Day Innovations of Ceramics in Europe and the one on Ceramics of the Past are areas not covered in most books dealing with this subject. In addition, viewing the book as a whole, one finds it presents the entire spectrum of ceramics in comprehensive and readable form. The simplest hand building methods on to the more complicated concepts of glaze calculations are dealt with in a way quite understandable to the beginner as well as to the advanced potter.