Ceramics & Pottery
The Seven Treasures
Hardcover ISBN: 1851774823
By the late 19th century, cloisonné enamels were among Japan's most successful exports. This visually stunning book, filled with new research and abundantly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs, examines the techniques and social history behind the craft.
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)
Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques
Raku, Saggar, Pit, Barrel
Hardcover ISBN: 1579904556
Ceramicists searching for new ways to fire their creations now have a wealth of options. Authors James Watkins and Paul Wandless, along with a group of distinguished artisans, demonstrate in detail how to build low-cost, low-tech, yet high-quality kilns. These clever devices make it possible to produce rich surface effects from alternative reduction firing techniques. In addition to showing the basic procedures for using each kiln, easy-to-follow directions for many fast-fire methods unfold in color photographs: you’ll see how to achieve terra sigillata surfaces with direct chemical application, and how to do traditional crackle-glaze raku and smoke finishes.
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.
The Complete Potter
The Complete Reference to Tolls, Materials, and Techniques for All Potters and Ceramicists
Paperback ISBN: 0764122592
This book offers something for everybody interested in pottery! Beginning potters will find a complete course in the pages of this book. Experienced potters will find new ideas for designing and decorating virtually every type of ware. Heavily illustrated with more than 600 how-to photos, The Complete Potter takes readers through every phase of the potterÂ’s craft, from clay to kiln. Separate sections explain: - Clays: their different types and uses - Types of ware: terracotta, stoneware, porcelain, raku, and others - Design: how to draw and plan a piece before making it - The basic processes: clay preparation, tools, throwing and turning on a potterÂ’s wheel, using molds, tile-making, and more - Decoration: creating surface textures, using slips, glazes, pigments, and more - Materials and pigments for decorating: what theyÂ’re made of and how to use them - Kilns and firings: kiln types, temperature controls, and more - Tools and equipment: from hand tools to semi-industrial equipment - Health and safety: a complete guide This handsome and instructive volume also shows examples of work by some of the worldÂ’s leading ceramicists, with information on how they achieve their fine results. Here is a book that lives up to its title: it is truly The Complete Potter.
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.
To Touch the Past
The Painted Pottery of the Mimbres People : Essays
Paperback ISBN: 1555951287
The Native American people we refer to as Mimbres flourished in southern New Mexico some one thousand years ago. They are remembered today for the images they painted inside shallow bowls and eventually buried with their dead. Their arrestingly beautiful paintings, showing a sophisticated sense of design and remarkable level of confidence, depict abstract patterns; animals, birds, insects, and people; common activities such as hunting and fishing; and magical events. These bowls have been avidly collected in the twentieth century and have inspired contemporary artists, both Native American and others. The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota holds one of the two largest collections of Mimbres pottery in the world. The finest of its eight hundred objects - almost all of them from the Galaz Site - are published in To Touch the Past: The Painted Pottery of the Mimbres People in conjunction with a major exhibition (few of them have ever been exhibited or published before).
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.