Shozo Michikawa

Ceramic Art

Author: Clare Pollard,Nora von Achenbach

Publisher: Arnold'sche

ISBN: 9783897905054

Category: Ceramic sculpture, Japanese

Page: 95

View: 4354


Torsion and tension are characteristic of the vessels created by the exceptional Japanese ceramicist Shozo Michikawa (b. 1953), whose works are reminiscent of rock strata and lava flows. Michikawa is known for his unique technique, for turning edgy, dynamic sculptures on the potter's wheel. First he cuts and scores a solid block of clay before he carves out the interior hollow through pressing and turning with a rod and his hands. Natural-looking surfaces emerge, just as geological forces formed the earth's surface - an irrepressible energy from the inside out. With a selection of works from the last fifteen years, Shozo Michikawa introduces the first comprehensive insight into his ceramic production, which has attracted attention across the globe.

Yasuhisa Kohyama

The Art of Ceramics

Author: Susan Jefferies,Jack L. Larsen

Publisher: Arnold'sche

ISBN: 9783897904460


Page: 112

View: 8638


The skilful works of Yasuhisa Kohyama are inspired by ancient Japanese Shigaraki, Jomon and Yayoi ceramics. Using special Shigaraki clay and the fire of an anagama wood kiln, in the fusion of traditional technique and a modern language of form he creates vessels and sculptures that are not only powerful and innovative but also timelessly beautiful. Characteristic for Kohyama's asymmetric objects is their rough surface - a haptic quality rarely found in contemporary ceramics - as well as an exciting interplay of color, which is created without glaze and solely by the movement of the ash and the position of the object within the kiln. Contents: Foreword - Jack Lenor Larsen Tradition and Innovation in the Work of Yasuhisa Kohyama - Susan Jefferies Kohyama-san and Japanese Ceramic History: Notes on "Suemono" - Michael R. Cunningham Yasuhisa Kohyama: The Art of Ceramics - Yoshiaki Inui Catalog of works Appendix

Peranakan Chinese Porcelain

Vibrant Festive Ware of the Straits Chinese

Author: Kee Ming-Yuet

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462906931

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 256

View: 2465


With over 800 unique photographs, this Chinese arts book is a feast for the eyes. Produced exclusively for wealthy Chinese communities along the Strait of Malacca in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Peranakan Chinese porcelain is enjoying a resurgence of interest among collectors. Straits-born Chinese, or Peranakans, in Penang, Malacca and Singapore, used this ornate and colorful enamelware on festive occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and Chinese New Year. Peranakan Chinese Porcelain is richly illustrated and includes key information on reign marks and factory marks. In-depth discussion of the motifs, colors, forms and functions of Peranakan Chinese ceramics makes this an invaluable reference. Supporting photographs and text introduce related aspects of Peranakan culture including architecture, dress, cuisine and customs, making Peranakan Chinese Porcelain a wonderful contribution to the history of the Straits Chinese.

Fratelli Toso Murano


Author: Marc Heiremans,Caterina Toso

Publisher: Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt GmbH

ISBN: 9783897905061


Page: 432

View: 8624


- 1,500 hitherto unpublished design drawings- A broad selection of pieces in the celebrated millefiori technique- An essential reference work for all connoisseurs of Murano glassA creative exchange with artists such as the painter Guido Cadorin or the ceramicist and sculptor Hans Stoltenberg-Lerche brought the second generation Toso Brothers to the forefront of Murano glass manufactories at the beginning of the twentieth century. After the Second World War Ermanno Toso and Pollio Perelda were among the most famous designers and continued the production of lavish series in glass, complemented from the 1950s onwards with high-quality one-offs executed mainly in the celebrated millefiori technique. This decoration consists of a multitude of tiny colored discs, known as murrini, which are produced by melting, cooling and cutting bundled canes of glass to form a cross-section pattern. Together with Caterina Toso, renowned Murano expert Marc Heiremans looks back on and reviews the complex history of the famous glass manufactory. Well-informed texts, hitherto unpublished sketches and archive photos make Fratelli Toso Murano an essential reference work for all connoisseurs of glass.

The Grain of the Clay

Reflections on Ceramics and the Art of Collecting

Author: Allen S. Weiss

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780236905

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 4729


Ceramics give pleasure to our everyday lives, from the beauty of a vase’s elegant curves to the joy of a meal served upon a fine platter. Ceramics originate in a direct engagement with the earth and maintain a unique place in the history of the arts. In this book, Allen S. Weiss sharpens our perception of and increases our appreciation for ceramics, all the while providing a critical examination of how and why we collect them. Weiss examines the vast stylistic range of ceramics and investigates both the theoretical and personal reasons for viewing, using, and collecting them. Relating ceramics to other arts and practices—especially those surrounding food—he explores their different uses such as in the celebrated tea ceremony of Japan. Most notably, he considers how works previously viewed as crafts have found their rightful way into museums, as well as how this new-found engagement with finely wrought natural materials may foster an increased ecological sensitivity. The result is a wide-ranging and sensitive look at a crucial part of our material culture.

China to Light Up a House

From the Sharp Collection

Author: Rosalie Wise Sharp

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781770413214

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 300

View: 2989


A gorgeously produced record of a remarkable collection Rosalie Wise Sharp has been collecting earthenware and pottery for over half a century, and in that time has amassed one of the most comprehensive collections in the world. With this second lavishly produced catalogue, Sharp shares her collection, illustrated with over 1,000 full-colour photos and accompanied by provenance, fascinating historical connections, and personal anecdotes. With China to Light Up a House, Volume 2, Rosalie Wise Sharp throws open the doors of her home to share her passion for porcelain and her singular, museum-worthy collection.

The art of Japanese craft

1875 to the present

Author: Felice Fischer,Philadelphia Museum of Art

Publisher: Yale University Press


Category: Art

Page: 59

View: 957


From Japan’s first forays onto the international stage of world’s fairs in the late 19th century to the dynamic creativity of the 1920 and 1930s, from the heady post–World War II period to the present day, Japanese crafts have exhibited a rich diversity of media and techniques. One of the first illustrated surveys in English of modern-era Japanese crafts––including ceramics, lacquerware, metalcraft, and wood––this elegant book, with 70 color illustrations, is an invaluable guide for the collector and scholar. Focusing on an important collection of Japanese crafts destined for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the text discusses the artists and ideas that shaped and defined the aesthetic of 20th-century Japan, noting that this nation—which so deeply appreciates and fosters its crafts traditions—hails its artists as “living national treasures.” The book also includes artists’ biographies and reproductions of their signatures and marks.


Contemporary Ceramic Artisans

Author: Amber Creswell Bell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500500729

Category: Art pottery

Page: 256

View: 9761


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.

Ken Matsuzaki

Burning Tradition

Author: Ken Matsuzaki,Andrew L. Maske

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9781879985209

Category: Art

Page: 103

View: 9656


Ken Matsuzaki is a leading figure in modern Japanese ceramics. Matsuzaki's work reflects the heritage of traditional Japanese folk pottery while showcasing the artist's creativity, intuition, and skill. This volume includes an in-depth interview with the artist. It also introduces the reader to the history and the future of Japanese ceramics.

Symbols on Chinese Porcelain

10 000 Times Happiness

Author: Eva Ströber,Keramiekmuseum het Princessehof

Publisher: Arnoldsche

ISBN: 9783897903500

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 238

View: 2596


'Ten Thousand Times Happiness' reveals the auspicious, symbolic meaning of Chinese Porcelain (12th-18th centuries) introducing 80 masterpieces of the Keramiekmuseum Princessehof, Leuwarden, the Netherlands.


International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art

Author: Jaak Van Damme

Publisher: Stichting Kunstboek

ISBN: 9789058564108

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 563

View: 3103


Contemporary jewel is unquestionably the result of thousands of years of history and research, with present-day jewellers still using the same precious metals and stones as their predecessors, but without ceasing to renovate, reinvent and experiment with

Poets in the landscape

the romantic spirit in British art

Author: Simon Martin,Martin Butlin,Robert Meyrick,Pallant House Gallery

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 120

View: 5643


Showcase 500 Rings

New Directions in Art Jewelry

Author: Marthe Le Van,Bruce Metcalf

Publisher: Lark Books

ISBN: 9781454702887

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 419

View: 1405


Showcases five hundred ring designs by the top artists and jewelry designers in the world, working with diverse techniques, materials, and concepts.

The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art

Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery

Author: Sequoia Miller

Publisher: Yale University Art Gallery

ISBN: 9780300214406


Page: 224

View: 9969


This lushly illustrated volume is the first comprehensive examination of postwar ceramic sculpture alongside other fine art of the period. The catalogue features more than 80 objects by leading 20th-century ceramicists, including John Mason, Ken Price, Lucie Rie, and Peter Voulkos. Essays consider the art in connection with renowned paintings, sculptures in other media, and works on paper, by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Isamu Noguchi, Mark Rothko, and Ed Ruscha. Juxtaposing ceramics with non-ceramic works, both visually and conceptually, and examining the visual, historical, and theoretical affinities among the objects, the authors demonstrate that the finest ceramics share the formal sophistication of the most celebrated artworks of the postwar period. As ceramics increasingly are recognized as integral to the wider field of contemporary art, this book offers new opportunities for understanding this important medium.

Developing Glazes

Author: Greg Daly

Publisher: Herbert Press

ISBN: 9781912217496


Page: 128

View: 5518


Developing your own glazes can be tricky and success is dependent on many factors. In this book, ceramicist Greg Daly aims to demystify the process with practical advice and complete, step-by-step instructions. He covers all the essentials, from planning your recipes and recording results to mixing glazes and finding the correct firing temperature. This hands-on technical guidance is supported with helpful how-to images and example tests and recipes.For any potter beginning to experiment with fired colour, texture and decoration in their work, Developing Glazes is an essential reference, revealing workable, exciting methods for achieving the glaze results you want.

Ruth Duckworth

Modernist sculptor

Author: Jo Lauria,Tony Birks

Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers


Category: Art

Page: 160

View: 5440


Still highly productive at the age of 85, Ruth Duckworth is one of the most important women sculptors working today. Her body of work over the past five decades has made a considerable contribution to the development of the Modernist style in sculpture, and her art reflects Modernism's radical way of working and thinking. Duckworth was born in Germany and has been active in England and the United States. She has employed a wide range of materials and techniques during her career, including stone carving, metal fabrication, bronze casting and ceramic modelling. However, her most celebrated works have been in the medium of clay. She has received international acclaim for her visionary ceramic sculptures, and her work is gaining recognition within the broader context of contemporary art. This first major monograph, which accompanies an international touring exhibition, provides a long-overdue assessment of Duckworth's significance. It reveals the conceptual and iconographic foundations

Simple Modern Sewing

8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments

Author: Shufu To Seikatsu Sha

Publisher: Interweave

ISBN: 9781596683525

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 112

View: 4855


25 fabulous, wearable garments from only 8 simple patterns! Make a closetful of comfortable and easy go-to garments without needing tons of patterns. You need just the eight included basic templates which show you how to fold and cut for each of the 25 unique designs. The patterns are easy and adaptable with no-fuss sizing, so it's simple to sew clothes that are perfect for you. If you're a beginner sewer you'll love the basic shapes and stylish results. Once you've mastered the patterns you can get creative and make each piece your own by using a variety of fabrics, or by adding fashionable embellishments like a print lining or contrast-stitching. Fill your wardrobe in no time with these easy to make and wear garments.

The Spirit of Ceramic Design

Cultivating Creativity with Clay

Author: Robert E. Piepenburg

Publisher: Pebble Press, Incorporated (MI)

ISBN: 9780962848179

Category: Art

Page: 253

View: 6379


Design is an integral component of the creative process and as an activity with identifiable and learnable skill sets it is innately connected to the spirit of mankind. In partnership, design and spirit provide the means for managing the intricacies of art and life in ways that transcend the margins of human creativity. In this celebrated new book, Robert Piepenburg gives you a beneficial guide for cultivating their creativeness with clay. As you'll discover in these pages, when ceramics works of art celebrate the expressions of spirit and personify core design concepts, they embrace a heightened realization of meaning that is personally overpowering and universally inspiring. In a myriad of ways, designs in clay become the artistic footprints of spirit that we leave on the path of life. As we create each footprint we affirm the originality of our existence and share the joy of being alive.