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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.

It's Just Dirt!: The Historic Art Potteries of North Carolina's Seagrove Region
It's Just Dirt!
The Historic Art Potteries of North Carolina's Seagrove Region
Hardcover      ISBN: 1625450540

Before retiring in 2013, Neolia Cole, the eighty-six year old daughter of potter Arthur Ray Cole, was first to arrive and last to leave the Cole's Pottery shop. She possesses the indomitable spirit that has kept a Cole in pottery-making for more than two centuries. Once when asked how much pottery was produced by Cole's Pottery in a year's time, Neolia answered by saying instead how much income a year's sales represented. Despite the fact that Cole's Pottery charged very little for the wares made there, the annual sum collected in a year was considerable. Wielding a sly grin, Neolia unashamedly conceded, "And it's just dirt " In a way, pottery is just dirt. But collectors and lovers of the art form know that much more than dirt contributed to the incomparable successes of North Carolina's early twentieth-century art potteries. It's a success story marked by adaptation, innovation, collaboration, and immensely hard work - a legacy that endures today.

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Part how-to guide, part historical reference, and part illustrated idea book, this is the definitive potter's companion.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.

The Complete Potter: The Complete Reference to Tolls, Materials, and Techniques for All Potters and Ceramicists
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 potter'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 potter's wheel, using molds, tile-making, and more
  • Decoration: creating surface textures, using slips, glazes, pigments, and more
  • Materials and pigments for decorating: what they'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 world'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.
Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi: Love and Art at Shearwater
Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi
Love and Art at Shearwater
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385490631

Presents a moving chronicle of four generations of the Anderson family of Mississippi's Shearwater Pottery, a pottery workshop and art colony, and their struggle to preserve their traditional craftsmanship and family ties in the face of the Depression, war, and the changing cultural and industrial world of the Deep South.

Amazing Glaze: Techniques, Recipes, Finishing, and Firing
Amazing Glaze
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.
The Mad Potter of Biloxi
The Mad Potter of Biloxi
Hardcover      ISBN: 0896599272

Misunderstood and unappreciated during his lifetime (1857-1918), George Ohr, America's archetypal artist-potter, pushed the form of the vessel beyond mere function to the point of abstraction. Today the genius of this radical and sophisticated artist has finally been recognized. His thin-walled, paper-light pots, labeled grotesque in his day, are now seen as a tour de force of delicacy and restraint and a stunning exploration of the plasticity of clay. Ruffling, twisting, tearing, and collapsing his fragile pots, Ohr anticipated much of what we take for granted in contemporary art and ceramics.
Stunningly illustrated with 140 color images of his most important pieces, this landmark volume, winner of the George Wittenborn Award for outstanding art books from the Art Libraries Society of North America, presents the first major study of Ohr. Beautifully woven together, the text and images confirm a judgment the Mad Potter once passed on himself: "Unequaled Unrivaled Undisputed " he wrote on a sign outside his shop, "Greatest Art Potter on Earth "

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."

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.

Japanese Cloisonne: The Seven Treasures
Japanese Cloisonne
The Seven Treasures
Hardcover      ISBN: 1851774823

An addition to the V&A Far Eastern series, this is an introduction to the beautiful Japanese craft of cloisonne enamelling. The techniques and social history behind the craft are examined in detail, and this work includes enamels produced in the 'Golden Age' of production of around 1880 to 1910."