A while back there was a two part article on Etsy's blog The Storque that was a great rundown of ceramics and pottery, how it's made, techniques, and some info on clay and kilns, etc. It's a great article for anyone who who doesn't know much of anything about ceramics and all the work that goes into it. You can read part one here, and part two here. It's very interesting and easy to read.
It was written by Jeff Campana who is a full time artist and ceramics professor at the University of Louisville here in Kentucky. :) He makes beautiful work and has a really complicated technique also, which he goes over in his article. Check out his etsy: CampanaCeramics
Some of his work: