Most books about Chinese ceramics concentrate on a particular style or period. But in this authoritative and beautifully illustrated volume the author looks at the whole history of Chinese pottery from the point of view of the techniques used by potters and so traces how their craft evolved from the earliest unglazed earthenware pots to highly sophisticated porcelains.
She describes the glazes, kilns, clays and working methods of the Chinese potters and makes it clear how certain types of wares could only be produced as the result of particular technological developments. Much of this material is new and the author has made full use of all the recent archaeological reports that have emerged from China. Her clear technical descriptions are easy to follow and anyone with a practical interest in making pots will learn much from them. The specialist will gain a far better understanding of the history of his subject and the superb illustrations will please all who admire Chinese ceramics. Reign marks, maps, diagrams of kilns, a chronological table, a useful glossary and a bibliographical are also included.
Published by Phaidon Press Ltd., London, 1980
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