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
This beautiful, color-illustrated reference of British Art potteries includes detailed accounts of their histories, artists, designers, craftsmen, and personalities, together with a comprehensive list of marks. The ceramics reflect the highly imaginative, diverse art styles of this period, evolving from Arts and Crafts naturalism through preatomic Modernism. Over 250 sharp color and 85 black and white photographs display the innovative, and often quite colorful, bowls, vases, plates and jugs of British manufacture. Lively surface textures and glaze types were developed in this period through a combination of experimentation and experienced knowledge.The book presents all the major art potteries, arranged alphabetically, with detailed text, photographs of typical wares, identifying marks, glossary, bibliography and index. The examples shown here, therefore, represent the best as well as the most typical wares.
One of the world's great decorative art traditions still in vogue today, brilliantly colored hand-painted tiles have decorated Portuguese buildings for centuries, from the humblest homes to the most lavish palaces, villas, churches, and monasteries. More than 200 full-color illustrations, specially commissioned for this book, vividly capture this traditional art form in its architectural context. The details of tile craftsmanship are also shown in close-up images. The text provides an overview of the history of azulejos (tiles) and features sites in Lisbon and the surrounding region where the finest examples of azulejo art are found. Azulejos reflect the Moorish influences of the 16th century, the exuberance of Mannerism and the Baroque, the 18th century golden age of azulejos, and modernist styles as found in the underground metropolitano of Lisbon. Complete captions, a glossary, an explanation of techniques, and a list of commercial sources make this volume as practical as it is inspirational.
Misunderstood and unappreciated during his lifetime (1857-1918), George Ohr, America's archetypal artist-potter, pushed the form of the vessel beyond mere function to the point of abstraction. Today the genius of this radical and sophisticated artist has finally been recognized. His thin-walled, paper-light pots, labeled grotesque in his day, are now seen as a tour de force of delicacy and restraint and a stunning exploration of the plasticity of clay. Ruffling, twisting, tearing, and collapsing his fragile pots, Ohr anticipated much of what we take for granted in contemporary art and ceramics.
Stunningly illustrated with 140 color images of his most important pieces, this landmark volume, winner of the George Wittenborn Award for outstanding art books from the Art Libraries Society of North America, presents the first major study of Ohr. Beautifully woven together, the text and images confirm a judgment the Mad Potter once passed on himself: "Unequaled Unrivaled Undisputed " he wrote on a sign outside his shop, "Greatest Art Potter on Earth "
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.
This practical and supremely useful manual is the first comprehensive, hands-on introduction to Japanese ceramics. The Japanese ceramics tradition is without compare in its technical and stylistic diversity, its expressive content, and the level of appreciation it enjoys, both in Japan and around the world. Inside Japanese Ceramics focuses on tools, materials, and procedures, and how all of these have influenced the way traditional Japanese ceramics look and feel. A true primer, it concentrates on the basics: setting up a workshop, pot-forming techniques, decoration, glazes, and kilns and firing. It introduces the major methods and styles that are taught in most Japanese workshops, including several representative and well-known wares: Bizen, Mino, Karatsu, Hagi, and Kyoto.While presenting the time-tested techniques of the tradition, author Richard L. Wilson also accommodates modern technologies and materials as appropriate. Wilson has gathered a wealth of information on two fronts--as a researcher of Japanese pottery and art history, and as a potter who has studied and worked for years with master Japanese potters. In his introduction, he provides a short history of Japanese ceramics, and in closing he looks beyond traditional methods toward ways in which Western potters can make Japanese methods their own. Richly illustrated with 24 color plates, over 100 black-and-white photographs, and over 70 instructive line-drawings, Inside Japanese Ceramics is indispensable for potters as well as connoisseurs and collectors of Japanese ceramics. Above all, it is an invitation to participate--to study, make, touch, and use the exquisite products of the Japanese ceramic tradition.
The artists of the influential Rorstrand porcelain factory in Sweden created some of the most beautiful decorative objects of the Art Nouveau style. In his fascinating and authoritative text, Bengt Nystrom focuses on the Rorstrand factory's designers and their revolutionary forms during the period 1865 to 1915, when the firm successfully competed artistically with Tiffany and Galle 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 Rorstrand 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, Nystrom's thoroughly researched text includes engaging glimpses of the culture surrounding Rorstrand (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.
- On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory, the catalogue attests to the significance that Viennese porcelain has enjoyed as an outstanding cultural achievement of Austria since the Baroque era - The work of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory displayed in numerous colorful illustrations - Various essays on different aspects of the history of the Viennese Porcelain Manufactory provide most recent scientific insights In 2018 the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory celebrates its 300th anniversary. Having obtained the charter to produce porcelain in 1718, it is considered the second oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe after Meissen. The volume accompanying the exhibition in the MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna will now reopen the history of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory, which closed in 1864, where major works such as the porcelain chamber from the Palais Dubsky (Dubsky Room) and the Zwettl centerpiece are presented in light of new findings. With numerous illustrations of leading pieces from the MAK's collection and international loans, the catalogue attests to the significance that Viennese porcelain has enjoyed as an outstanding cultural achievement of Austria since the Baroque era. Text in English and German. Contents: Christoph Thun-Hohenstein: Viennese Porcelain as a Resonance; Rainald Franz: Three Centuries of Viennese Porcelain and Three Centennials; Rainald Franz & Michael Macek: The Dubsky Chamber and the MAK. An 18th-Century Aristocratic Porcelain Room and its History; Andreas Gamerith: At a Loss for Words. The Zwettl Centerpiece and its Origins; Rainald Franz: The Viennese Porcelain Set for the Duke of Wellington; Errol Manners: The Travels of an Arcanist, Joseph Jakob Ringler; Johannes Wieninger: Exemplars from East Asia; Elisabeth Schmuttermeier: Porcelain versus Silver; Michael Macek: The H lfswerk von Engelhardtszell 1798-1809 and its Impact beyond 1809; Waltraud Neuwirth: Johann Poysel, First Modelleur of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory. His 1858 Journey to Limoges, Paris, S vres, Wallerfangen, and Nymphenburg; Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel & Ulrike Scholda: The Museum as the Administrator of an Estate. The Closure of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory and Transfer of Its Holdings to the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry; Leonhard Weidinger: The Viennese Porcelain Scene. The Museum and Private Collections; Rainald Franz: Paul Wittgenstein's Porcelain Room; A. Philipp Revertera: Etcetera: Random Thoughts on Collecting (and) Viennese Porcelain; Rainald Franz & Michael Macek: History of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory 1718-1864 in its Cultural and Political Context; A Visual History of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory: Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier (1718-1744), Imperial Porcelain Manufactory: Phase 1 (1744-1749), Imperial Porcelain Manufactory: Phase 2 (1750-1783), Conrad S rgel von Sorgenthal (1784-1805), Matthias Niedermayer (1805-1827), Benjamin von Scholz (1827-1833), Andreas Baumgartner (1833-1842), Franz von Leithner (1842-1855), Alexander L we (1856-1862), Alois Auer von Welsbach (1862-1864), Augarten Porcelain Manufactory (since 1923-24). Published to accompany an exhibition at MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna, 16 May-23 September 2018.
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.