Ceramics & Pottery
Masterpieces of Japanese Art
Cincinnati Art Museum
Hardcover ISBN: 1907804196
"The Cincinnati Art Museum's Japanese art collection comprises over 3,000 objects including paintings, screens, prints, ceramics, lacquer and metal wares, ivory carvings, arms and armor, dolls, masks, cloisonne, textiles, and costumes. Started in 1881, it is one of the oldest museum collections of Japanese art in the US. Masterpieces of Japanese Art is the first complete study of this remarkable collection covering over five centuries of artistic production, the majority dating from the Edo period (1615-1868) to the end of the Meiji period in 1912. Except for a few pieces, none of these objects has ever been catalogued or published before. Masterpieces of Japanese Art is an introduction to this important yet little explored collection through nearly one hundred of its treasures. An essay by curator Hou-mei Sung chronicles the historical significance and the growth of the museum's collection in the context of Cincinnati's local wave of Japanese mania in the 19th century, and Cincinnati's early connectionsand on-going relationship with Japan and Japanese art. The museum's paintings and screens are the focus of two seminal essays by Japanese professors Masahiko Aizawa and Keiko Nakamachi"--
An Illustrated Survey 1500-1920
Hardcover ISBN: 0853319359
Speel, an independent expert and enthusiast of painted enamel artwork, discusses the long history of this medium and how methods of enamelling have changed over the years. Using over 80 photographs and illustrations, the author examines details of the artwork, covering such topics as painting miniatures, photographic transfers to enamel and the pioneering work done at the Limoges School. This large, thorough study should be of interest to anyone who appreciates enamel art. Distributed in the US by Ashgate. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Techniques, Recipes, Finishing, and Firing
Hardcover ISBN: 0760361037
"This book made me fall in love with glaze all over again." —Ben Carter, author of Mastering the Potter’s Wheel Whether you look forward to glazing your work or are guilty of saying "I hate glazing!" Amazing Glaze is for you. Join author and Odyssey Clayworks founder Gabriel Kline on a journey that makes glazing less intimidating and more fun. Start in the "glaze kitchen" where you'll set yourself up for success, then move on to learning the tools and techniques for getting your glaze right every time. Along the way, Gabriel shares dozens of tried-and-true recipes and combinations for both mid-range and high-fire glazes. The recipes and foundational techniques of Amazing Glaze are just the beginning. Learn about layering with slip and underglaze, work with resists, and combine techniques to take your glazing above and beyond. Whether you're after crystalline effects, an elusive red, or a crash-course in applying decals it's all here. A variety of artist features and stunning gallery work from today's top artists will leave you inspired and ready to get glazing.
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.
Concrete Garden Projects
Easy & Inexpensive Containers, Furniture, Water Features & More
Paperback ISBN: 1604692820
This colorful how-to guide to garden projects provides practical instructions for creating planters, fountains and other garden features out of concrete. Filled with artistic color photographs of completed projects, the first portion of the work provides inspirations and ideas for do-it-yourself garden accessories while the half presents illustrated step-by-step directions for several example projects. Nilsson and Arvidsson are designers living in Sweden. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An Inspiring Collection of International Work
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1579907148
A magnificent array of handcrafted tiles from around the world covers everything from press-molded pieces to carved works that showcase unique surface treatments, with contributions from such noted artists in the field as Melody Ellis, Peter King and Xinia Marn, and Mary Lynn Buss, among others. Original.
The Artist As Social Critic
Hardcover ISBN: 0812241398
Confrontational Ceramics is an international survey of contemporary sculptors, potters, and mixed media artists who have used clay as a medium for political and social commentary. This book features full-color photographs of works by makers such as Grayson Perry, Robert Arneson, Richard Notkin, and Howard Kottler.
Ceramics for Beginners
Animals & Figures
Hardcover ISBN: 1454710608
The classic guide is back, with four new projects, updated galleries, and a fresh introduction! With plenty of how-to images, Ceramics for Beginners teaches four basic techniques—pinching, slab building, coiling, and dowel work—for making beautiful human and animal figures. Twelve projects range from a pinch-pot pig to a bird-relief tile, and there’s advice on setting up a studio or home workspace, slips, and glazes.