"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.
Cover Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Page Table of Contents Part I: General Considerations Introduction The Existential Base The Role of Technology Memory-Traces and Meaning Tactile Values Part II: Techniques The Material Forming: General Hand-Modelling and Beating Burnishing Wheel-Throwing Moulding Cutting, etc. Turning Drying Firing Kilns Slips and Glazes Part III: Symbolism of Form Ceramics as Treasure Life Functions Imitation Ceremonial Tactile Order Tactile Texture Other Sense Dimensions Visual Shape Morphology Body Images The Expression of Ceramic Shape Articulation of Units of Shape The Modes of Space Shape Criteria Colour: General Colour and Gloss Individual Colours Black White Blue: and Complementary After-Images Blue-Green and Green: Complex Colours Yellows Reds Lustre Surface Design: General Graphic Emblems Floral Decoratlon Rhythm in Decoratlon Pictorial Designs Frieze Depth Perspective Pictorialism Far Eastern Pictorial Space Pot Surface and iictual Space Metaphor and Conceit Ceramics and Total Environment Potter's Space Ceramlc Sculpture Far Eastern Ceramic Sculpture Ceramic Sculpture and Imaginary Worlds Sculpture in Clay Conclusion Select Index and Glossary Selected Lict of American Ceramic Artists, compiled by Helen Williams Drutt.
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