This book features wonderful, funky, complex clay bead tutes that are not for the timid clayer. I am an intermediate clay artist, always looking for advanced techniques and ideas. However, this book requires more of a commitment than I am willing to make. Not to be sexist,but it hits me as a guy's book - you know, a day in the life in shop class - lathes, drills, templates, etc. I appreciate the workmanship and creativity, but I will enjoy this book for the "eye candy" rather than a technique resource.