Painted Clay: Graphic Arts and the Ceramic Surface

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This book looks at ceramicists who use clay as a canvas on which to paint as opposed to those who use paint to decorate their pots. Traditionally, many artists such as Picasso and Miro have painted on clay, but nowadays many more ceramicists are using clay as the canvas on which they can achieve their artistic aims. Paul Scott looks at these artists, discusses their philosophies and techniques, and marks their place in the wide range of artists who use paint in their creative endeavours. The work of an international group of artists is used to illustrate this movement.

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What do painting and ceramics have in common? According to Scott, an English artist who wrote a previous book on the subject, the answer actually begins about 4000 B.C. in Nagada, part of ancient Egypt. His historical tracing is intriguing, as he meanders from the Middle East to China, where porcelain was first discovered, and then back to Russia and the art of painted ceramics. Gaining more popularity, painting adhered to clay through the visions of the cubists, the post-Braque-ians, Picasso, and Matisse, and finally finding a real home in the 1980s, 1990s, and the new millennium. Much of the last four chapters portray studio ceramics and varying techniques, including relief, 2-D and 3-D, trompe l'oeil, and photography. Generous color shots and decent artist biographies give impact to the art found in applied and decorative arts. Barbara Jacobs
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