Ceramics & Pottery
Hardcover ISBN: 0713657820
The earliest ash-glazed pottery came about by accident. As the ancient Chinese were firing their pottery, wood ash from the fire was carried through the kiln on the hot draught and then settled on the pots where the searing white heat melted it to a glass. Three thousand years later wood ash remains an important feature of pottery glaze-making. In this second edition of Ash Glazes, Phil Rogers first sketches the history of ash glazes, and then discusses the practicalities of collecting and testing wood ashes, and how to make them into glazes. In the final part of the book, he looks at a greatly expanded group of international artists who use ash glazes in their work. Their images are shown in colour throughout. Ash Glazes has been designed as an introduction and practical handbook to the subject. It is also intended as an inspiration for other potters and a source of delight for all those interested in contemporary ceramics.
Tile Artists Motif Bible
200 Decorative Designs With Step-by-step Instructions and Charts
Hardcover ISBN: 089689438x
A comprehensive resource for do-it-yourself designers presents more than two hundred beautiful and diverse designs that can be applied to both commercial and handmade tiles to create personalized effects, in a volume that includes tips on degree of difficulty and application techniques, easy-to-follow instructions, and more than four hundred full-color photographs. 10,000 first printing.
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
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.
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.
The White Road
Journey into an Obsession
Paperback ISBN: 1250097320
An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted. Extraordinary new nonfiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with the Amber Eyes. In The White Road, bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain, or "white gold." A potter who has been working with porcelain for more than forty years, de Waal describes how he set out on five journeys to places where porcelain was dreamed about, refined, collected and coveted-and that would help him understand the clay's mysterious allure. From his studio in London, he starts by travelling to three "white hills"-sites in China, Germany and England that are key to porcelain's creation. But his search eventually takes him around the globe and reveals more than a history of cups and figurines; rather, he is forced to confront some of the darkest moments of twentieth-century history. Part memoir, part history, part detective story, The White Road chronicles a global obsession with alchemy, art, wealth, craft, and purity. In a sweeping yet intimate style that recalls The Hare with the Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.
The Indispensable Guide
Paperback ISBN: 1770859306
A comprehensive and ambitious workshop reference for amateur, student and professional ceramicists. Illustrated with more than 500 color photographs and illustrations, this comprehensive workshop reference brings together a vast range of skills, techniques and technical data in one volume to provide an essential look-it-up resource. The book is organized into eight parts with 63 topic chapters on creating ceramic work and running a professional workshop. The book includes: 1. Materials, Tools, and Process -- The raw material clay, varieties available and uses; directory of equipment and tools with skill level ratings; making a "beginner's kit"; setting up a workshop; health and safety; overview of the ceramic process. 2. Forming Techniques -- Forming techniques, from hand-building to wheel-throwing, lathe and whirler turning; computer-aided design; order of work. 3. Prefiring Surface Decoration -- Color and texture, including slip, direct screen printing, burnishing. 4. Firing -- Choosing a kiln; options from electric kilns to experimental processes; kiln diagrams. 5. Glazing -- Protecting ceramic surfaces, glaze recipes and application methods. 6. Post-glaze Surface Decoration -- Screen and digital printing, enamels, lusters, and more. 7. Design -- Finding inspiration and recording it in a technical drawing which others can use. 8. Professional Practice -- Setting up a studio, pricing, photography, promotion, exhibiting, commissions. Ceramics: The Indispensable Guide is a comprehensive and valuable resource for ceramicists at all levels.
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)