It is probably the oldest and most versatile human art form. For thousands of years ceramics have been cherished both for their aesthetic beauty and their practical use. Spanning the millennia, these earth-and-fire artifacts tell stories of their own, often the only remaining relics of civilizations long gone. Exquisitely illustrated with nearly 200 color photographs, World Ceramics takes readers on a journey across time and around the globe. This remarkable volume traces the history of ceramics from the sixth millenium b.c. through the ages to the 1990s. Representing civilizations--past and present--all over the world (Turkey, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Pre-Columbian Mexico, Peru, England, France, Germany, Holland, China, Japan, Korea, and the United States), ceramics from the leading museums in the United States, the British Museum in London, the Ashmolean in Oxford, and from art dealers around the globe come together in this stunning photographic collection of pots, plates, vases, and sculptures. World Ceramics will be a treasured gift for art lovers, ceramics collectors, and history buffs--and an inspiration for all potters.
ByA. Basoms on Mar 06, 2013
Hugo Munsterburg's definitive history of world ceramics, not only includes examples of ceramics from around the world, but also provides beautiful photographs of classic examples. The history leads to an understanding of works within the period, culture and the world, while including readily understood explanations of the techniques required to create a work. It is so well written that a page or two elucidates an era and its work. The book is a joy to experience visually as well as to read.
I thought I was buying a different book
BySandra E. Russell on Jul 10, 2013
I was disappointed after trying twice before to order this book, and finding it had been sold, to finally in the thrird attempt receive one. It's in excellent condition, and the seller did a fine job of packaging, my disappointment is with myself that this small volume is not the huge book with same or similar title, that I thought I was ordering. It is my mistake. I'll look for the one I want at the library to be sure of the author, then if it is the same book it is under a new edition, much trimmed from the one I want.