Andie on wed 16 aug 00
For those who have written wondering what crazy book I have dug up with all
these rather outdated ingredients, where in God's name I found it, and why
in Heaven's name I'm reading it, here goes:
The book I'm reading is "Chinese Stoneware Glazes: Ancient Glazes Recreated"
by Joseph Grebanier. Came across it via a New York Chinese Arts auction
house. The best part so far is the author's bio, which pretty much focuses
on the fact that Grebanier is, "An avid collector, photographer, and eater
of wild mushrooms." (MEL: this is not a paraphrase, but a direct quote from
backplate of book, Watson-Hill Publishers, 1975, ISBN# 0823006255)
And Janet - don't worry, I'm not planning to start burning my rhododendrons
just yet. I am trying to learn everything there is to know about traditional
Chinese and Japanese glazes (before you say it - I'm figuring it to take
about 50 years, maybe 100), and that requires not just historical context,
but a look at what has been written over the years, and how it has changed.
I'm also reading Nigel Wood's "Chinese Glazes" (the new edition), Rhodes'
"High Fire Stoneware & Porcelain", The Harvard University Museum's "Hare's
Furs, Tortoiseshell, & Partridge Feathers", and I've got a copy of "Precious
Vessels: 2000 Years Of Chinese Pottery", by the Merseyside Country Museum on
the way. So I've got the "what DIDN'T work out" pretty well covered. I'll
try to keep my mistakes brand new.
If I discover that ash glaze that could make Janet & I world famous, or a
secret national stash of Calcined Red Slate Powder & Gerstley Borate, or the
secret of life buried in a recipe for Northern Celadon Crackle, I'll be sure
to let you guys know first.
: ) Andie
OFFICIAL HOMEPAGE: www.andie.ne
Paul Taylor on thu 17 aug 00
Do not spend too much of your time with this book unless you consider his
glazes - pictured in the book anything near the quality of the originals -
the celadons in the pictures of the sung pots ( in the book ) . Joseph does
have some interesting insights especially his understanding that it takes a
lot more than hitting on the right recipe.
Robert Tichanes book CHING-TE-CHEN views of a porcelain city. New York
state institute for glaze research. The two other books of his are also use
full. Those celadon blues and the one he has on Reds I am not sure of the
name. You have Nigel's book. Even all these books have their limitations.
The secret is when researching how these glazes were made is not to let
technological arrogance cloud your vision. Knowing how they were made is a
lifetime from making them.
I have not got the big educational establishment backing that Nigel
Woods has or Robert Tichane. Some of the articles I have seen lack real
information on firing schedule et all. If you could get them to help you
would have it solved a little quicker.
Contact me off line if you want to share in my research. Look at my webb
site to see how far I have got. If you can appreciate the difference between
cicada wing crackle and crazing you are in business.
-- Regards Paul Taylor.
Westport Pottery, Liscarney, County Mayo. Ireland.
Ps A note to all. Please paragraph your posts and put a blank line in
between the paragraphs. I have great difficulty reading large blocks of
type from a screen.
> From: Andie
> Reply-To: Andie
> Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2000 21:55:43 -0400
> To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
> Subject: That l975 Book: WHAT could she be reading??!!??
> The book I'm reading is "Chinese Stoneware Glazes: Ancient Glazes Recreated"
> by Joseph Grebanier. Came across it via a New York Chinese Arts auction
> house. The best part so far is the author's bio, which pretty much focuses
> on the fact that Grebanier is, "An avid collector, photographer, and eater
> of wild mushrooms." (MEL: this is not a paraphrase, but a direct quote from
> backplate of book, Watson-Hill Publishers, 1975, ISBN#0-273-00909-5)