Ceramics & Pottery
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)
The Mosaic Book
Ideas, Projects and Techniques
Paperback ISBN: 1570760608
Practical and inspiring, this guide to the ancient art of mosaic features dazzling designs for home and garden, with step-by-step projects, trace-off patterns, and an ample array of color photos.
Hardcover ISBN: 1851775765
Chinese ceramics are among the most widely admired and collected in the world. From elegant Song celadons to decorative Ming vases and colorful Qing famille rose, ceramics produced in China have influenced taste and daily life globally. This new design history draws on the V&A’s comprehensive collection to look at the production, consumption, aesthetics, and transfer of Chinese ceramics Stunning new photography illustrates more than 200 pieces, including previously unpublished objects. It also explores ceramics made in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from Republic period porcelain to propaganda ware and studio pottery, a first for any survey history of the subject.
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.
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"--
The Complete Guide
Paperback ISBN: 0812221419
Introducing Pottery surpasses ordinary beginner guides. This comprehensive book contains 200 full-color illustrations and provides all the information a beginner needs to start creating with clay. It also addresses more advanced issues of clay-making in a in an accessible style.
Handbuilt, A Potter's Guide
Master timeless techniques, explore newx forms, dig and process your own clay.
Hardcover ISBN: 1631595989
In Handbuilt, A Potter's Guide, pottery expert Melissa Weiss shows you the basics of crafting without a wheel, how to harvest and work wild clay, and using natural glazes. Handbuilt pottery is the perfect way for new potters to dive into this unique medium because it doesn't require access to a potter's wheel. In Handbuilt, A Potter's Guide, Melissa Weiss takes an organic approach to harvesting and working with local clays, and even shows you how to mix your own glazes to use on functional pottery for use at home. Students of pottery the world over have traveled to North Carolina to attend Weiss's classes. Now you don't have to! In this book, Melissa provides you with a solid course on slab and pinch-pot techniques that allow beginning students to master the basics and progress through finished wares. Looking to go a little deeper? Melissa also offers her unique knowledge of how to dig and process local clays for use in pottery, and for the techniques she has developed for creating unique glazes with ash, salt, and other dry materials. Learn the basics of handbuilding and more with this engaging guide.
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