Ceramic Arts and Crafts
The Hare With Amber Eyes
A Hidden Inheritance
Paperback ISBN: 0312569378
An Economist Book of the Year Costa Book Award Winner for Biography Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award) Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—which are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive. And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.
Easy Techniques and Over 25 Great Projects
Hardcover ISBN: 1843404826
Part how-to guide, part historical reference, and part illustrated idea book, this is the definitive potter’s companion. It covers the basics, such as coil building and slab construction, and features accompanying photos to help newcomers build a strong technical foundation. Then it provides dozens of advanced techniques that experienced potters will want to add to their repertoire, including mold-making and creative throwing practices. Also featured is a fascinating history of pottery, as well as a reference guide to the many types of clays and kilns.
Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi
Love and Art at Shearwater
Hardcover ISBN: 0385490631
Chronicles four generations of the Anderson family of Mississippi's Shearwater Pottery, a workshop and art colony, and their struggle to preserve their traditional craftsmanship in the face of the Depression, war, and social change.
Face to Face
Hardcover ISBN: 0295973560
Howard Kottler (1930-1989) was one of the West Coast ceramists who helped to redefine the entire field of contemporary American ceramic art. Patricia Failing's comprehensive and richly illustrated study is the first survey and summation of his work and is based on a series of interviews Kottler initiated after learning of his terminal illness. The artist's remarks - informed and wittily unpretentious - provide a vivid subtext to Failing's own thoughtful and compelling observations linking Kottler's innovative work with other developments in American visual arts. The book chronicles the evolution of an artist, thoroughly grounded in the traditional crafts and ceramics technology in the 1950s, who then established a rapport between his work and new directions in mainstream painting and sculpture. By the 1980s Kottler had become a conceptual artist who approached his materials as vehicles for art-historical commentary and physical eroticism, and as metaphors for probing the unbridgeable gap between the Self and the Other. In assessing Kottler's position and influence, Failing discusses his long teaching career and his role as exuberant gadfly to the ceramics establishment, but the focus of her analysis is on the intellectual range and sophistication of his artistic accomplishment. She establishes the major influences on Kottler, including his earliest teachers at Ohio State University and Cranbrook, significant art movements, travel, and his enduring interaction with his students at the University of Washington. Her book affords a masterful review of Kottler's complex development as an artist and, in so doing, provides an index of the profound transitions undergone by the field of American ceramics since the late 1950s.
Collector's Reference & Value Guide Featuring the Top 100 Findables
Hardcover ISBN: 1574321161
Devoted solely to the products made by the Nelson McCoy Pottery Company from 1910 through the 1980s, this reference provides collectors with a listing and price guide to many of the company's pieces, including their complete line of cookie jars.
McCoy Pottery Collectors Reference and Value Guide
Hardcover ISBN: 1574322524
This volume is devoted to the pottery made by the Nelson McCoy Pottery Company from 1910 through the 1980s. Over 700 all new photos, 130 different catalog pages, and a complete section on the Floraline Line. 2005 values.
A Mexican Folk Pottery Tradition
Cognition and Style in Material Culture in the Valley of Puebla
Hardcover ISBN: 0809317303
Flora S. Kaplan draws on several disciplines and techniques to describe, classify, and interpret style in the black-on-red glazed pottery tradition of Puebla, Mexico. The concept of style—although widely used in archaeology, ethology, and art history—often is too vague to be useful in developing either an empirical methodology for its study or in illuminating the creative and cognitive processes in human beings. Kaplan, however, rigorously defines style in her study of a single functioning style of utilitarian folk pottery and seeks to explicate the conditions in which creative and cognitive processes take place. In her search for meaning in group style as well as for a replicable methodology for the systematic analysis and comparative study of style in material culture, Kaplan turns to the techniques of ethnology, archaeology, and linguistics, thus providing a basis for a testable model. The markings, the color, the sizes, the shapes—in short, the style of this black-on-red pottery—are an expression of a number of ancient themes and myths that have shaped the Indian view of life over a long period. Some of these themes and myths have been rephrased with new meaning and expression over the years as changes have occurred, particularly the Spanish conquest and colonialism, independence, and revolution; but many more can be traced back to their Aztec roots. Viewing the history of this pottery as a microcosm of the history of the country and its people, Kaplan notes that "this folk pottery has transcended its homely origins to become a significant art form, one that conveys the essence of ‘Mexicaness.’ The pottery and its use serve to define social relations among realigned classes in the region and nation." Kaplan discusses the nature and extent of the community formed by the potters of black-on-red ware, describing and classifying the pottery and the raw materials used. She examines the technique of pottery making by focusing on the role of learning and specialization in the transmission of style. Kaplan explores the patterns of traditional pottery and looks at distribution of the ware as well as at the daily and ceremonial contexts of its use, suggesting that style in material culture is a system that embodies group identity and provides a basis for group action.
A Potter's Companion
Imagination, Originality, and Craft
Paperback ISBN: 0892814454
In a celebration of the functional and the handmade, potter Ronald Larsen has gathered an engaging collection of essays, stories, poems, and observations by a wide range of potters, writers, philosophers, and other artisans, exploring the history, aesthetics, and philosophy behind making pots--or anything else--by hand. Includes, among others, the writings of: Marguerite Wildenhain--A Potter's Philosophy Octavio Paz--Use and Contemplation Lafcadio Hearn--The Tale of the Porcelain-God John Updike--From the Journal of a Leper Jamake Highwater--Illusions of Originality Wallace Stevens--Anecdote of the Jar Bernard Leach--The Potter's Challenge