COLORANTS FOR CERAMICS AND METALS


220. Hopper, Robin. The Ceramic Spectrum. Radnor, PA: Chilton. 1984. 224

p., Index, bibl., B/W illus, color illus. ISBN 0-8019-7275-2.

    Hopper’s aim is to create a reference to ceramic materials in

commonly used language that makes the information easily accessible. This

collection of technical information on creating colors for ceramists shows

what the author calls the “assisting factors, the inhibiting factors, and how

to create specific colors.” The author deliberately eliminates the “dogma of

chemistry and mathematics” so that “we can concentrate on the actual and

observable reaction.” The heart of Hopper’s work is the ceramic spectrum

section, which charts 42 colors in 134 variations, all with illustrations of the

test tiles. A portfolio of the work of well-known potters accompanied by

their own statements on method completes this unique book.


221. Hughes, Richard, and Michael Rowe. The Colouring, Bronzing and

Patination of Metals: A Manual for the Fine Metalworker and Sculptor

London: Crafts Council, 1986. 372 pp. Bibl., B/W illus., color illus.

ISBN 0-903 798-60-3.

    First published in 1982, this book covers the “principle applications

for metal colouring, bronzing, and patination . . . in the fields of decorative

line metalwork and sculpture.” Following a historical introduction, a

general section notes the central role that color may play in the visual

coherence of sculpture and craft work. A survey of metal coloring

techniques is followed by 265 pages of recipes for coloring bronze, cast

brass, copper, building metal, and silver. This comprehensive work includes

an excellent bibliography of more than 400 items.


222. Lane, Peter. Ceramic Form, Design and Decoration. London: Wm.

Collins, 1988. 224 pp. index. Bibl. ISBN 0-00-412102-3.

    Intended for both the practitioner and student, this book integrates

discussion of color in ceramics into its main sections on vessel form,

design, and decoration. The author advocates the “use of color, pattern and

texture to complement, enhance, or accentuate ceramic form.” Photographs

of internationally known potters and their creative work documents the

discussion of the contemporary ceramics movement. Here the emphasis is

on design process and technique, while his Studio Ceramics, (1983) covers

color more fully.


223. Lane, Peter. Studio Ceramics. London: Collins, 1983. 224 pp. Index,

Bibl. ISBN 0-8019-7306-6.

    This volume documents contemporary studio ceramics through the

work of 188 outstanding contemporary potters in Western Europe, the

United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The potters contributed

photographs of their work along with statements on their personal

motivation and individual techniques. Sections in the clearly written text

give equal emphasis to sources of inspiration, ceramic form, decoration,

and color in studio ceramics. The discussion of color for the potter is an

important and central chapter in this work. Here the author describes and

explains the importance of color relativity, advancing and receding colors,

and color and tonal relationships. His impressive knowledge of the field

comes from his work as a ceramist and his experience as an educator in the

the School of Education at the University of East Anglia.



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