Introduction Acknowledgements 1. A Brief History of Porcelain 2. What is Porcelain? 3. Producing a Workable Porcelain Body 4. Working with Porcelain 5. Forming and Finishing Porcelain 6. Glazes for Porcelain 7. Firing Porcelain 8. Faults and their Remedies Where to See Historic and Contemporary Porcelain Bibliography Featured Artists Main Suppliers Orton Cone Charts Index
Written by a prestigious porcelain sculptor, this handbook covers the essentials of working in porcelain, from its history and composition, to building, decorating and firing.
Vivienne Foley has been making sculptural vessels in porcelain for more than 40 years to international acclaim. She set up the first independent porcelain studio in Ireland and continues to exhibit regularly, in solo shows, such as at the V&A, and in prestigious group shows like Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, and at the National Museum of Ireland. Her work is held in high-profile private collections, including several Heads of State such as those of Bill & Hillary Clinton, and has been auctioned at Bonhams and Christie's.
Reviewing this book was a delight . . . A pleasure to read, beginning with a brief but engaging history of this amazing material, right back to the first proto-porcelains of 1700-1027 BC . . . [and featuring] an articulate analysis of the chemical constituents of porcelain . . . [and] a simple analysis of how the different components contribute to the workability of this material. ... The author's tips on taming the temperamental beauty generously proliferate throughout the book. Vivienne is so obviously 'in tune' with her material. ... Beautifully illustrated throughout . . . A 'must read' for all those who have an interest in working with porcelain, from student through to knowledge-seeking, established practitioner -- Liz Lawrence * Shards, South Wales Potters Newsletter *