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Illustrated Dictionary of Pottery Form

Illustrated Dictionary of Pottery Form [While Supply Lasts]

Manufacturer: Gentle Breeze Publishing
Axner Number: A996821
Weight: 1 lbs., 4.16000 oz.

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by Robert Fournier

Paperback: 257 pages
Publisher: Gentle Breeze Publishing (2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1-889250-42-2
Dimensions: 9.45" x 8.5" x 0.65"
Shipping Weight: 1.26 lbs.

Master potter Robert Fournier has created a clearly organized dictionary of pottery forms from all nations and all time periods that will stand as a source of instruction and inspiration to craftsmen everywhere. Fournier supplements the hundreds of illuminating textual entries with over 800 black and white photographs, line drawings and silhouettes. There is a rich variety of glaze and decoration in the photographs, but the choice has been made primarily to illustrate form and volume.

From the cisterns and cockroach traps to pitcher and pipkins cups, all conceivable pottery forms are described and illustrated here. Pieces from such different origins as ancient Egypt, medieval Italy, and colonial America grace the book's handsome pages.

Although machine-made pottery is included, most of the entries are handsome forms. This is a direct reflection of Mr. Fournier's belief that the most vital pottery comes straight from the hands. Pottery without glaze—even without decoration—is well represented, and functional pots far outnumber the purely decorative or sculptural pieces. There is discussion as well of formal details, such as knobs, spouts, and handles; the analysis of form; and the use of animals, landscape, etc. in formal invention.

To further define the various pottery forms, Fournier has traced the origins of their names, all the while taking common usage into account. Included among the volume's handy features is a conveniently coded list of important reference books that are cited again and again in the entries.

In addition to providing potters with new and exciting ideas, Illustrated Dictionary of Pottery Form will prove a valuable reference for collectors, museum administrators, and anyone who finds pottery a genuine source of enjoyment.

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