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Clay Author Amber Creswell Bell
ISBN-10 050050072X
Release 2017-02-02
Pages 256
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Once upon a time pottery schools saw an increase in enrolments whenever the film Ghost aired on television. Today it is all year round. Not since the 1970s has there been this level of interest and appreciation for pottery and ceramics. The return to the handmade has been driven by our increasingly digital lives and there are now more makers, sellers and collectors than ever. There is also a new desire for unique objects made by hand and the imperfections associated with the marks of the maker. Pottery is the vehicle that most aptly captures this authenticity. From decorative pieces to the primarily functional to sculptural works pushing the boundaries of the medium, Clay surveys the richly creative output of over 50 studio potters from around the world. It is a celebration of a new generation of artisans working in clay, a snapshot not necessarily of what is happening at elite gallery level, but rather a behind-the-scenes look at the unique and eclectic offerings from small studios around the world.

Contemporary Ceramics

Contemporary Ceramics Author Susan Peterson
ISBN-10 UOM:39015053105402
Release 2000
Pages 176
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This unprecedented survey of the most outstanding ceramics being created today offers a sweeping close-up look at the work of more than 260 artists from more than thirty countries. A special feature of this collection is the range of work from China, almost unknown outside of this country until now. Organized by the distinctive categories of functional ceramics, figurative pieces, and installation works, the book gives a complete picture of the latest developments in each area of contemporary ceramic art. Chapters on materials, firing techniques, ethnic influences in design, and related topics delve into every aspect of ceramics creation that would be of interest to crafters, collectors, and other readers who are drawn to contemporary art. Stimulating essays by the author tie together the wide range of work shown in superbly detailed color photographs. Artists included: John Mason, Jun Kaneko, Peter Voulkos, Ralph Bacerra, Rudy Autio, Ken Price, Peter Lane "The book is lavishly illustrated and delights the eyes with the exuberance and variety of ceramic art in the 20th century."--"Mills Quarterly," Spring 2001

Global Clay

Global Clay Author John A. Burrison
ISBN-10 9780253031891
Release 2017-06-16
Pages 344
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For over 25,000 years, humans across the globe have shaped, decorated, and fired clay. Despite great differences in location and time, universal themes appear in the world’s ceramic traditions, including religious influences, human and animal representations, and mortuary pottery. In Global Clay: Themes in World Ceramic Traditions, noted pottery scholar John A. Burrison explores the recurring artistic themes that tie humanity together, explaining how and why those themes appear again and again in worldwide ceramic traditions. The book is richly illustrated with over 200 full-color, cross-cultural illustrations of ceramics from prehistory to the present. Providing an introduction to different styles of folk pottery, extensive suggestions for further reading, and reflections on the future of traditional pottery around the world, Global Clay is sure to become a classic for all who love art and pottery and all who are intrigued by the human commonalities revealed through art.

Ceramic Design Course

Ceramic Design Course Author Anthony Quinn
ISBN-10 0764137336
Release 2007
Pages 144
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(back cover) This is a complete course in designing ceramics with confidence. Focusing on the design process and principles of shape, form, surface, and function, it also includes practical instruction in studio techniques for rendering your ideas into reality. A complete range of practical advice is offered, organized into units covering each stage of the design process, from working out a brief and seeking inspiration to drawing up technical plans and developing the design. Design concepts with both practical and esthetic considerations are explored in detail, and real-life case studies give valuable insights into the world of practicing ceramic designers. Whether you want to create functional, hard-wearing pots or decorative fine art pieces, this book will demystify the design process and provide the inspiration and skills you need to design with flair. Anthony Quinn is a freelance designer for the tableware industry. Among his clients are Wedgewood, Royal Worcester, and Denby Pottery. He is a senior lecturer in ceramic design at the renowned Central Saint Martin's College in London and is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art. Anthony has recently launched a range of pierced oven and tableware with Hartley Greens pottery, designed in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has also recently designed the in-flight dining experience for British Airways First Class and Club World. He lives and works in London.


Ceramics Author Kate Singleton
ISBN-10 9781452148151
Release 2016-09-27
Pages 176
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This ebook presents the work of 30 contemporary artists who have turned to clay to shape their most innovative ideas into stunning works of art. From cups shaped like crystals to a tree trunk made of porcelain and stoneware planters painted to look like ladies, popular curator and blogger Kate Singleton collects here whimsical pieces with narrative, graphic, curious, and organic qualities that blur the line between fine art, design, and craft. Ceramics is a vital guide to an evolving medium and for those interested in the future of art and craft.


Ceramics Author Philip Rawson
ISBN-10 9780812207347
Release 2011-12-30
Pages 240
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"It is rare to find a book on art that presents complex aesthetic principles in clear readable form. Ceramics, by Philip Rawson, is such a book. I discovered it ten years ago, and today my well-worn copy has scarcely a page on which some statement is not underlined and starred."—Wayne Higby, from the Foreword

Urban Potters

Urban Potters Author Katie Treggiden
ISBN-10 141972763X
Release 2017-10-24
Pages 228
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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.

Craft Companion

Craft Companion Author Ramona Barry
ISBN-10 0500518920
Release 2016-08-25
Pages 408
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The essential how-to guide to major crafting techniques, including work from more than 150 contemporary artists for inspiration and projects to galvanize your creativity in every medium

Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics

Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics Author Garth Clark
ISBN-10 0300169973
Release 2012
Pages 483
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Published to coincide with an exhibition held at the the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Mar. 4-June 17, 2012.

Vitamin C Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art

Vitamin C  Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art Author Clare Lilley
ISBN-10 0714874604
Release 2017-10-02
Pages 304
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A global survey of 100 of today's most important clay and ceramic artists, chosen by leading art world professionals. Vitamin C celebrates the revival of clay as a material for contemporary visual artists, featuring a wide range of global talent as selected by the world's leading curators, critics, and art professionals. Clay and ceramics have in recent years been elevated from craft to high art material, with the resulting artworks being coveted by collectors and exhibited in museums around the world. Packed with illustrations, Vitamin C is a vibrant and incredibly timely survey - the first of its kind. Artists include: Caroline Achaintre, Ai Weiwei, Aaron Angell, Edmund de Waal, Theaster Gates, Marisa Merz, Ron Nagle, Gabriel Orozco, Grayson Perry, Sterling Ruby, Thomas Schütte, Richard Slee, Clare Twomey, Jesse Wine, and Betty Woodman. Nominators include: Pablo Leon de la Barra, Iwona Blazwick, Mary Ceruti, Dan Fox, Jens Hoffmann, Christine Macel, James Meyer, Jed Morse, Beatrix Ruf, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Nancy Spector, Sheena Wagstaff, and Jonathan Watkins.

A Force of Nature

A Force of Nature Author Andrew L. Maske
ISBN-10 1879985233
Release 2011
Pages 103
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Randy Johnston is a renowned contemporary American potter trained in the American Midwest and under Shimaoka Tatsuzo in Mashiko, Japan. He is a working potter who maintains fidelity to the tradition and philosophy that initially turned him to ceramics: mingei. His vessels, fired in Japanese-style wood-burning kilns, are imbued with the mingei ideal: handcrafted, functional and representative of the Wisconsin setting where he lives and works.

Breaking the Mould

Breaking the Mould Author Rob Barnard
ISBN-10 1904772765
Release 2007
Pages 203
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The international ceramics scene is enjoying the highest profile it has had for many years. Breaking the Mould looks at ceramic artists working within this versatile medium. Drawing on the rich history of pottery these artists are pushing the techniques, objectives and perceptions of the medium into new, exciting territory. The book profiles the work of over 70 ceramicists, including Suzanne King, Simon Fell, Grayson Perry, Barnaby Barford, Carina Ciscato and Amy Houghton. Their work ranges from interpretations of utilitarian pots, to abstract sculpture and a revisioning of kitch porcelain ornaments, all of which are brought to life in beautiful colour reproductions. Essays by prolific makers and academics look at the history and inspirations behind the medium today. Following in the footsteps of New Directions in Jewellery, Fashioning Fabrics and The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper, Breaking the Mould is a definitive overview of a craft scene that is simultaneously building upon and breaking with its roots, and in doing so creating a brave new future for itself.

Handbuilt A Potter s Guide

Handbuilt  A Potter s Guide Author Melissa Weiss
ISBN-10 1631595989
Release 2018-11-27
Pages 160
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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.

The Craft and Art of Clay

The Craft and Art of Clay Author Susan Peterson
ISBN-10 1856693546
Release 2003
Pages 432
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Widely considered to be the most comprehensive introduction to ceramics available, this book contains numerous step-by-step illustrations of various ceramic techniques to guide the beginner as well as inspirational ceramic pieces from contemporary potters from around the world. For the more experienced ceramist, there is a wealth of technical detail on things like glaze formulas and temperature conversions which make the book an ideal reference. To quote one review: ...I am a studio potter and would not be without it. The fourth edition has been updated to include profiles of key ceramists who have influenced the field, new material on marketing ceramics including using the internet, more on the use of computers, added coverage of paperclays, using gold and alternative glazes.

The New Age of Ceramics

The New Age of Ceramics Author Hannah Stouffer
ISBN-10 1584236248
Release 2016
Pages 320
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While most surveys of contemporary art focus largely on two-dimensional work, there is a growing movement of emerging as well as established artists that are producing work in the ceramic medium. The New Age of Ceramics documents that movement; accross 180 illustrations it showcases a story of the art world redefining what was previously considered 'craft' rather than art.

Creole Clay

Creole Clay Author Patricia J. Fay
ISBN-10 0813054583
Release 2017
Pages 376
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In this book, Patricia Fay tells the history of the Anglophone Caribbean by documenting the material culture in the form of locally made earthenware pots--everyday objects that have been central to domestic life dating from precolonial to postcolonial times. Over the course of twenty years and multiple visits to the region, Fay has documented, via text and image, the living heritage of traditional ceramics in the contemporary Caribbean, introducing the reader to the generations of potters, pots, and production techniques. In the process, she charts the history of the region and its people, reminding the reader of the extraordinary historical insights to be gained by examining seemingly quotidian objects.

Things of Beauty Growing

Things of Beauty Growing Author Glenn Adamson
ISBN-10 0300227469
Release 2017
Pages 472
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For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel--such as bowl, vase, and charger--that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William Staite Murray, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, and others, many published here for the first time. Rounding out the beautifully illustrated volume is an interview with renowned collector John Driscoll and approximately fifty illustrated short biographies of significant makers.