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Welcome to the Allen Memorial Library guide for ceramics history!
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The History of American Ceramics by Beginning with the red earthenware made by the potters of Jamestown in 1607, and continuing through to objects made by present-day artists, this is an historical survey of the major developments and practitioners of American ceramics. Illustrated and discussed are yellow-ware, sponge-ware and Tucker porcelain, the art potteries of the late-1800s (Rookwood, Grueby and Newcomb), Art Deco ceramics (particularly those of Adelaide Alsop Robineau), commercially manufactured ceramics such as Fiesta ware and Lenox, and modern works by artists such as Robert Arneson, Peter Voulkos, Charles Simonds and Mary Frank.
Call Number: 738 L578
Publication Date: 1988-10-06
Ceramics and Civilization by Application of heat to clay transforms it into a ceramic, and thus the history and technical features of structures supplying that heat - kilns - are of considerable importance. The 14 chapters in this volume discuss ancient and historic kilns from the viewpoint of their excavation, their operational principles, and their contributions to an understanding of ceramic production within ancient economies.
Call Number: 666.436 P913
Publication Date: 1997-01-03
Canvas of Clay by "The vessels in the pages that follow open to us a world flickering with the light of a people's collective character and shared philosophy. These vessels have bodies of clay, but they float before us in the zero gravity of wisdom and belief."-- Edwin L. Wade Canvas of Clay tells the story of Hopi ceramics from the 14th century to recent times, offering a particularly close look at the art and life of the master potter Nampeyo (1860-1942). It analyzes the specific dynamics of nearly 100 jars and bowls, all richly illustrated, weaving in many insights into Hopi history, aesthetics, and symbolism. Included are original schematic drawings that will help readers understand how pottery decoration is built from ingeniously combined design elements. This book is a glorious testament to a brilliant art form and its practitioners, presented with passion, knowledge, and respect.
Call Number: 738.3089 W1191c
Publication Date: 2012-08-15
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