by Peter Lane
Peter Lane's book Ceramic Form, Design and Decoration
already was a classic before this revised edtition of 1998. In it,
Lane looks at the origins and the evolution of pottery forms and
explains relationships between form, function and decoration. Not
only do aesthetic considerations influence the form of ceramic vessels
(which the book largely deals with), but also physical constraints,
such as balance and the limits of the material, so working methods
and processes are also discussed.
Getting a sense for volume and capacity is important, but form
is also influenced at least visually by color and decoration techniques,
thus Lane discusses how the surface decoration can influence our
perception of the form.
The author has included new sections in the back of the book, in
the 'Traditions and Innovations' chapter, including a section on
computer applications in ceramics. A final chapter consists of a
very useful visual library of form silhouettes throughout the ages.
This book is illustrated in full color throughout, with images
of work by contemporary ceramic artists from all over the world.
It is very well done and will be useful for any ceramic artist and
for the serious collector.
Peter Lane, Contemporary Porcelain