Naked Clay: Ceramics Without Glaze

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Oct 28, 2008 - Art - 192 pages
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A growing number of ceramic artists now choose not to glaze their work. Instead, they use an unglazed—naked—surface to express their ideas and concerns. From slips and terra sigillata to burnishing, engobes, oxide washes, and additions to the clay body, there is a wide range of techniques artists can employ to achieve the finishes they desire. As these techniques are suitable for a broad spectrum of processes, subject matter and context (from slipcasting to handbuilding, from high to low firing temperatures, from figurative to conceptual, from domestic to public), the scope of the work produced by the artists represented in this book is enormous.

In Naked Clay Jane Perryman not only presents the finished ceramics and techniques of an international group of artists, she also investigates their ideas and areas of inspiration to further an understanding of their work. Each artist presented here has a unique style and way of working, but they are all connected through their committed relationship to the material and their desire to express their ideas using "naked" clay.

This beautifully illustrated book will inform and inspire not only students, professionals, and teachers, it will fascinate collectors and, indeed, anyone with an interest in contemporary ceramics.

 

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Contents

Clay with Surface Pigment
9
Elizabeth Fritsch UK
16
Anna Noel UK
22
Sara Radstone UK
28
Elspeth Owen UK
34
Lesley Thompson USA
44
Yo Akiyama Japan
55
David Roberts UK
62
Duncan Ayscough UK
92
Satoru Hoshino Japan
102
Alison Gautrey UK
108
Lawson Oyekan UK
120
Margaret ORorke UK
126
Sandra Black Australia
133
Clay with Additions
137
Jeanne Opgenhaffen Belgium
172

Sebastian Blackie UK
72
Jane Perryman UK
79
Petrus Spronk Australia
86

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About the author (2008)

Jane Perryman is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association. She is the author of Smoke Fired Pottery and Traditional Pottery of India.

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