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Ceramic Arts and Crafts
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
The Hare with Amber Eyes
A Hidden Inheritance
Paperback      ISBN: 0312569378

A New York Times Bestseller
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.
Eccentric Teapot
Eccentric Teapot
Hardcover      ISBN: 089659923x

Teapots selected for this book include both the delightful and unexpected and are a mixture of rare antiques, one-of-a-kind works by artists, and mass-produced industrial objects. Contemporary works tend to be featured. Perusing the book is a little like going to a surrealist tea party. Color photos are very nice. A fun book. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Collectors Encyclopedia of Roseville Pottery
Collectors Encyclopedia of Roseville Pottery
Hardcover      ISBN: 1574322354

This companion volume to Collector's Encyclopedia of Roseville I has also been revised and updated to more accurately represent today's market activity. In this revised edition you will find some of the best examples of the early art ware ever produced, exceptional pieces in the early Blended Glaze, and a fine representation of the Middle Period lines such as Futura, Imperial, and Pine Cone, to name a few. The highly desirable pieces, jardinieres, pedestals, and umbrella stands are featured, as well as more than 140 wall pockets, all shown in full color. There are over 250 color photographs and 85 vintage catalog pages and advertisements showcasing over 2,800 pieces of pottery. Together with the first volume, this book gives new and seasoned collectors all the necessary information for identification of Roseville Pottery. 2003 values.

The Ceramic Art of Ogata Kenzan
The Ceramic Art of Ogata Kenzan
Hardcover      ISBN: 0870117173
Kiseto and Setoguro
Kiseto and Setoguro
Hardcover      ISBN: 0870115677
The Craft and Art of Clay
The Craft and Art of Clay
Paperback      ISBN: 0130851256

Written by a well-known ceramist, this best-selling, comprehensive introduction to ceramics adeptly combines the "artist's" perspective and spirit of creative inspiration with step-by-step, fully illustrated instruction in the full range of hand, wheel, and plasterwork techniques. Ideal for self-study, it features exceptionally clear explanations; an abundance of black-and-white and full-color illustrations of "process sequences," model examples, and ceramic projects; and a convenient-to-use layout--with one topic per page or per two-page spread. Fabrication methods. Design, decoration, and glazing. Clays. Glazes. Firing the ware. The use of computers in ceramics. The marketing of ceramics. Features photos of a great "variety" of clayworks--from pots to ceramic installations, on site and in galleries; and a portfolio of international artists, with personal statements about their work. For any one interested in the procedures and techniques of working in clay.

Rorstrand Porcelain: Art Nouveau Masterpieces
Rorstrand Porcelain
Art Nouveau Masterpieces
Hardcover      ISBN: 1558598448

The artists of the influential Rörstrand porcelain factory in Sweden created some of the most beautiful decorative objects of the Art Nouveau style. In his fascinating and authoritative text, Bengt Nyström focuses on the Rörstrand factory's designers and their revolutionary forms during the period 1865 to 1915, when the firm successfully competed artistically with Tiffany and Gallé in the great international expositions that showcased and helped to propagate the Art Nouveau style.
Inspired by late 19th-century crafts movements fathered by William Morris, the artists of the Rörstrand factory took nationalistic pride in incorporating their indigenous flora and fauna into their exquisite designs, transforming wintry berry springs and northern sea creatures into elegant three-dimensional works of art that appealed to a sophisticated European clientele.
Illustrated with objects from Robert Schreiber's outstanding collection, supplemented with craftsmen's drawings and archival documents, Nyström's thoroughly researched text includes engaging glimpses of the culture surrounding Rörstrand (a former castle), especially the close-knit community of insightful administrators, talented designers and inventors, and artisans. The book chronicles not only the company's artistic achievements but the day-to-day personalities and decisions behind the emergence of this once-utilitarian factory as the birthplace of some of Sweden's most beautiful decorative objects.

Chinese Glazes: Their Origins, Chemistry and Recreation
Chinese Glazes
Their Origins, Chemistry and Recreation
Hardcover      ISBN: 0812234766

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2000

Chinese glazes have been admired throughout history for their extraordinary qualities and colors--not least in China itself, where their appearance has been compared variously to jade, to tea-dust, to hare's fur, or to the "color of the sky after the rain." Some Chinese glazes are vibrant and brilliant in tone, while others are deep, complex, and subtle, their properties seeming to change according to ambient light. Chinese glazes have long presented a technical challenge to Western potters, and this book is the most complete account yet of their nature and their reconstruction. The story of Chinese glazes is also the story of Chinese ceramics itself, one of the most fascinating and influential traditions in ceramic history.

Chinese Glazes traces the development of China's great high-fired glaze tradition from its roots in the Bronze Age, through the famous monochrome stoneware glazes of the Song dynasty, to the fine porcelain glazes of southern China. The book also examines in detail the story of China's low-fired glazes, from the time of China's first emperor to the present day. The book shows clearly how the potters of ancient China were able to work their ceramic miracles from the simplest recipes, and how modern potters can use and adapt these principles for their own work. The book contains hundreds of recipes for formulating Chinese glazes with Western materials, simple and advanced calculation techniques, as well as efficient blending procedures with local materials.

The book is lavishly illustrated, with nearly three hundred photographs, one hundred in full color. These depict examples of the Chinese arts as found in pottery ranging from simple earthenware jars excavated at Neolithic sites to exquisitely designed dishes found in imperial tombs. They also show examples of modern Western ware that employ these remarkable glazing techniques.



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Ceramic Horizons: The Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha
Ceramic Horizons
The Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha
Hardcover      ISBN: 3897905205

- First publication of the complete Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection - Three hundred ceramic art objects by 115 international artists Selected artists: Ingeborg & Bruno Asshoff (DE), Antje Br ggemann (DE), Claudi Casanovas (ES), Claude Champy (FR), Daphne Corregan (US), Anne Currier (US), Pippin Drysdale (AU), Karl Fulle (DE), Gerd Kn pper (JP), Beate Kuhn (DE), Enric Mestre (ES), Ken Mihara (JP), Herman Muys (BE), Thomas Naethe (DE), Suku Park (RK), Lotte Reimers (DE), Lucie Rie (UK), Reinhold Rieckmann (DE), Karl & Ursula Scheid (DE), Roland Summer (AT), Ann Van Hoey (BE), Gotlind Weigel (DE), Robin Welch (UK) The 300 works of the Lotte Reimers Foundation showcase the wide spectrum and the diversity of modern ceramic art. The works by 115 international artists, from classical vessels to free sculpture, are to now permanently move to Friedenstein Castle in Gotha, giving rise to this comprehensive publication. As a former gallerist and museum director as well as passionate ceramicist, Lotte Reimers is profoundly grounded in the material and with her unmistakable flair has compiled this collection, which will now remain within the museum. Her engagement and life-long fostering of ceramic art makes her one of the most significant personalities in the European ceramic scene. Text in English and German.

Royal Delft
Royal Delft
Hardcover      ISBN: 9058563626

A magnificent combination of Royal Delft Porcelain and the floral creations of florist Pim van den Akker.