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Maiolica
Maiolica
Paperback      ISBN: 0812221656

Whether called maiolica or majolica, vivid tin-glazed ceramics have delighted pottery lovers for centuries with a depth and luminosity that cannot be achieved using other decorative techniques. This unique ceramic process offers endless possibilities for functional pieces as well as more sculptural works. Ceramicists who wish to begin exploring this historic and increasingly popular coloring method will find everything they need to know in Maiolica, a handbook by celebrated potter and educator Daphne Carnegy.

This practical, concise guide covers the essential steps of creating maiolica ware, from clay selection to glaze firing. In a down-to-earth tone, Daphne Carnegy explains how to choose the right clay body, compose glazes, and use glaze application techniques such as brushwork, wax resist, decals, lusters, and enamels. Maiolica includes glaze recipes and a chapter on troubleshooting, as well as important health and safety information. Each procedure and concept is presented in clear detail, accompanied by color photographs and easy-to-read tables. In addition to providing how-to instruction, this inspiring book celebrates maiolica traditions as far back as ninth-century Mesopotamia. It also shares useful insights from many of the best artists working in the medium today.

With 100 full-color illustrations and supportive instruction from one of the world's finest potters, this beautiful and useful book is an excellent choice for novice potters and ceramics teachers alike.

Wedgwood: The First Tycoon
Wedgwood
The First Tycoon
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670033464

With its familiar white classical figures against a pale-blue background, Wedgwood has been one of the most recognizable brand names in the world for more than two hundred yearsathe epitome of quality and luxuryaand the Enlightenmentas most remarkable success story.

Born into a family of struggling potters, Josiah Wedgwood amassed a fortune that, at his death in 1795, was valued at the equivalent of $3.4 billion in todayas dollars and helmed an empire that stretched from England to Russia to the United States. As a member of the famous Lunar Society, whose members included James Watt, Joseph Priestley, and Erasmus Darwin, he combined rationality with bold experimentation, revolutionizing the business model of his time with a series of innovations that have continued to this day:
a Organizing skilled labor in one of the worldas earliest factories
a Encouraging employee loyalty by offering long-term contracts that included health insurance and pension plans
a Changing the very notion of shopping by utilizing showrooms and traveling salesmen
The story of how phenomenal wealth affected the lives of a family and of the turbulent political climate that threatened their very livelihood, this vivid and compelling portrait of a pioneer of commercial culture is sure to be a hit with loyal collectors and the business market alike.

Taking Tea With Clarice Cliff
Taking Tea With Clarice Cliff
Paperback      ISBN: 1862051704

The designs of Clarice Cliff are among the most striking and collectable ceramics produced in the 20th century. Angular and uncompromising, embellished in strident primary colors, they were a sensation when they appeared in the 1920s, capturing the spirit of the Art Deco movement. Her teaware is as sought after today as it was then, her most collected designs, such as her Bizarre ware, commanding high prices. This beautifully photographed book evokes the mood of the Art Deco era as it conveys the enormous charm and range of Cliff's work in china tea services. It offers a complete record of her teaware designs as well as a fascinating look at her life and work.

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.

A History of World Pottery
A History of World Pottery
Paperback      ISBN: 080197982x
Complete Ceramics: Easy Techniques and Over 25 Great Projects
Complete Ceramics
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.

A Passion for China: A Little Book about the Objects We Eat From, Live with and Love
A Passion for China
A Little Book about the Objects We Eat From, Live with and Love
Hardcover      ISBN: 1910463337

Curated, written, and illustrated by American artist and ceramicist Molly Hatch, this beautifully produced book explores the intimate family stories and fascinating history revealed by single, treasured pieces. It is a book for anyone who has cherished their grandmother's dinner service or asked for the story behind a beloved object.

Pottery: A Manual of Techniques
Pottery
A Manual of Techniques
Paperback      ISBN: 1852237171

A comprehensive manual of techniques covering, in detail, all the basic studio processes from selection of clays, design, equipment and the workshop to hand and wheel-work, decoration, glazing and the use of the kiln. A series of projects is included.

A Mexican Folk Pottery Tradition: Cognition and Style in Material Culture in the Valley of Puebla
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."

Urban Potters: Makers in the City
Urban Potters
Makers in the City
Hardcover      ISBN: 141972763x

Clay is back: the age-old craft of ceramics is being embraced by a new generation of urban makers and collectors--and by interior designers. Here, Katie Treggiden explores the con-temporary revival of pottery, focusing on six inspiring cities and their makers. Twenty-five young and passionate ceramicists in New York, London, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Sydney, and Sao Paulo introduce us to their work, their studios, and their inspiration. Urban Potters: Makers in the City will appeal to a broad audience--not only to those who practice pottery themselves, but also to anyone interested in the handmade. The book also includes a practical source list of places to buy handmade ceramics in the six cities featured.