Chinese Glazes by Nigel Wood
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Chinese Glazes
By Nigel Wood

Chinese Glazes

Their Origins, Chemistry, and Recreation

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Chinese Glazes by Nigel Wood

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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2000 Chinese glazes have been admired throughout history for their extraordinary qualities and colors-not least in China itself, where their appearance has been compared variously to jade, to tea-dust, to hare's fur, or to the "color of the sky after the rain." Some Chinese glazes are vibrant and brilliant in tone, while others are deep, complex, and subtle, their properties seeming to change according to ambient light. Chinese glazes have long presented a technical challenge to Western potters, and this book is the most complete account yet of their nature and their reconstruction. The story of Chinese glazes is also the story of Chinese ceramics itself, one of the most fascinating and influential traditions in ceramic history. Chinese Glazes traces the development of China's great high-fired glaze tradition from its roots in the Bronze Age, through the famous monochrome stoneware glazes of the Song dynasty, to the fine porcelain glazes of southern China. The book also examines in detail the story of China's low-fired glazes, from the time of China's first emperor to the present day. The book shows clearly how the potters of ancient China were able to work their ceramic miracles from the simplest recipes, and how modern potters can use and adapt these principles for their own work. The book contains hundreds of recipes for formulating Chinese glazes with Western materials, simple and advanced calculation techniques, as well as efficient blending procedures with local materials. The book is lavishly illustrated, with nearly three hundred photographs, one hundred in full color. These depict examples of the Chinese arts as found in pottery ranging from simple earthenware jars excavated at Neolithic sites to exquisitely designed dishes found in imperial tombs. They also show examples of modern Western ware that employ these remarkable glazing techniques.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780812234763
ISBN-10: 0812234766
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 216mm x 27mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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'Modern Criticism and Theory' has long been regarded as a necessary collection. This third edition provides students and the general reader with a wide-ranging survey of the landscape of modern theory and a critical assessment of the way we think - and live - in the world today.

Glazes from Natural Sources by Nigel Wood Glazes from Natural Sources, Paperback (October 2005)

This second revised edition describes how to gather ingredients from natural sources around us (rocks, trees, etc.) and then how to blend them to produce successful glazes. Sutherland uses the work of a wide group of potters to demonstrate the results.

Chinese Glazes by Nigel Wood Chinese Glazes, Hardback (July 1999)

Traces the development of Chinese glazes from the Bronze Age to the present day. It describes how these glazes were made, and how they evolved over some 3000 years of continuous production. The author shows how their superb qualities can be reproduced with common Western raw materials.

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Author Biography - Nigel Wood

Now retired from teaching, Nigel Wood was Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster, Harrow; Honorary Research Associate at the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford University; and Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London. His current research interests include Middle Eastern ceramics and eighteenth-century European porcelain.

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