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Chinese Glazes: Their Origins, Chemistry, and Recreation

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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 ...
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Overview

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.. "This book is a must not only for potters wishing to replicate Chinese glazes but for anyone interested in the fascinating history of Chinese ceramics.
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Editorial Reviews

Julian Stair
China's high-fired glaze tradition is traced from its beginnings in the Bronze Age, through the famous monochromatic stoneware glazes of the Song dynasty to the porcelain glazes of southern China in this survey by Nigel Wood, a British potter and scholar. The illustrations include masterworks from museums around the world. A valuable reference for potters as well as scholars and collectors.
American Craft
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"A valuable reference for potters as well as scholars and collectors."—American Craft

"A must for not only potters but for anyone interested in the history of Chinese ceramics."—Antique Review

"[An] extraordinary volume. . . . In a well documented text, beautifully illustrated by both color and black-and-white photographs, Wood describes Chinese ceramic development, from the Bronze Age through Tang and Song dynasty monochrome stoneware glazes, to the fine porcelains of southern China."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812234763
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Author's Note 7
Acknowledgements 9
1 Neolithic and Bronze Age Ceramics 11
2 South China's Early Lime Glazes 27
3 The Porcelain Glazes of Southern China 47
4 Longquan, Guan and Ge 75
5 The Porcelains of North China 91
6 The Stonewares of North China 107
7 The Blackwares and Brownwares of China 137
8 Iron in Chinese Glazes 159
9 Copper in Chinese Glazes 167
10 Chinese Low-fired Glazes 189
11 Chinese Alkaline Glazes 213
12 Chinese Overglaze Enamels 229
13 Reconstruction of Chinese Glazes 249
14 Glaze Recipes 263
Chronology 272
Index 273
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