A superb visual encyclopædia. for collectors, practitioners, and students of ceramics who are in need of technical and yet handy referencing to those types and techniques known first by their materials and second by their manufacturers: under the listing for a given ware type, thorough descriptions of physical makeup and techniques for making are followed by names, dates and places of manufacture where exemplary pieces can be found.
I discovered, thanks to this ebook, that a ceramist had to be a chemist in order to master his art. The amount of information given in this ebook is simply astonishing; one finds not only detailed descriptions, but recipes for glazes and special finishes.
- in the menu, you find the ALPHABETICAL index to reach the page quickly
- or use the LEXICON to find a specific entry
- each page has a DROP-DOWN LIST of its entries to jump directly to your search
- a personal NOTES EDITOR lets you take notes while reading
En ce qui concerne l'ouvrage, il est intéressant, bien illustré... ...il ressemble un peu à ce celui de A.J-P van LITH "Céramique:dictionnaire encyclopédique"
Comment from Gilles GEIRNAERT de Passion Céramique, Limoges, France
For example, under AGATEWARE are credits directing the reader to the English manufactories of Wedgwood, Astbury, and Whieldon as originators and standard-makers for European agateware since the 18th Century.
An appendix provides specifically historical treatments for the three most general types - "earthenware", "stoneware", and "porcelain" - by placing their oriental and occidental origins of manufacture. This ebook is fully illustrated, over 200 pictures.
About Ima Potter: beginning in 1956, he took as many courses in ceramics as majoring in chemistry while a student at, then, San Jose State College would permit. Studies and years led to a doctorate in philosophy and university teaching posts in philosophy, and to further courses and workshops in ceramics as both student and teacher. He is now a semi-retired philosopher living just outside a small village on the island of Mallorca, Spain, doing more ceramics than ever.
As a once upon a time Californian, Ima Potter feels right at home in Mallorca, the principal source of California's early European colonial ambiances, He appreciates his proximity to ongoing traditions in the Mediterranean area, the birthplace of Occidental philosophy and ceramics.
As a ceramicist, in particular, he relates,
For the most part, I work with local raw materials in sun-baked and open-fire cookings. For higher temperature firings I use finely prepared earthenware and stoneware from suppliers of mainland clays, such as those mined around and about Valencia, as traditional to the ceramics of Manises and Paterna, among others. My low-fire works have the aspects of Mallorcan pre-historic earthenwares in fabric and of Californian neo-raku wares in finish. My higher-fire works further this in the direction of celadon.