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edieval Artisan Program of Study for Clay

edieval Artisan Program of Study for Clay

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The Craft of working in Clay covers the preparation of Clay from raw Clay to the Finished Product.

We have organized the skills and information about this Craft into a Medieval Artisan Program of Study (MAPS), which includes a set of Skill Definitions, Skill Tests to verify mastery of the Skill, How-To Guides to explain the Skill, Projects the Artisans have done using the Skill, and an Annotated Bibliography relevant to that Skill.

We hope you will enjoy our presentation of this data and find it useful to your own studies.  As always, please provide feedback to us about any of these MAPS if you have additional information or see a better way to organize or present it.
kill Definitions

kill Definitions

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These are the Skills covered by this Program of Study.
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Skill
Owning
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Skill
Skill
Description
Center on Wheel
 
Throw on Wheel
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Making a high temperature container used to melt metal in.
 
 
Making a high temperature container used to melt metal in.
Prepare Clay
 
 
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Throw Cylinder
 
Throw on Wheel
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Throw on Wheel
 
 
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Wedge
 
Prepare Clay
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esource List

esource List

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Name
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Training?
Has
Tools?
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Materials?
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Karen Larsdatter has a number of very good links on a variety of topics.
 
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No
The Prince's School specialises in teaching, researching, and promoting the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world's great traditions. It has courses on a host of medieval and ancient art techniques and the associated philosophical underpinnings of the art.
nnotated Bibliography

nnotated Bibliography

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Pub.
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Charleston, Robert, World Ceramics: An Illustrated History, 1968
 
 
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Yes
A large, high-level overview of ceramics around the world, with fair to good black & white or color photos.
Ődekan, Ayla, The Remnants: 12th and 13th Century Byzantine Objects in Turkey, 2007
 
 
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Yes
An excellent mix of Byzantine artifacts, pottery, metal, ivory, etc. Good photos, excellent descriptions. In Turkish and English.
A Guide to the Classification of Medieval Ceramic Forms, 1998
 
 
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No
Adahl, Karin, Islamic Art Collections: An International Survey
 
 
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No
Adams, L., Early Medieval Pottery from Flaxengate, Lincoln
 
 
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No
Adams, William Y., Ceramic Industries of Medieval Nubia
 
 
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No
Akar, Azade, Treasury of Turkish Designs: 670 Motifs from Iznik Pottery, 1988
 
 
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This contains a very brief description of major design motif periods, a few black and white photos of works from each period, and a lot of excellent line drawings of those design motifs.
Allan, J.W., Medieval Middle Eastern Pottery
 
 
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No
Allan, J.W., Medieval Middle Eastern Pottery, 1971
 
 
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A smallish book packed with useful overview information about the subject, including a number of very good black and white photos of extant pieces, notes on period construction techniques and treatises on same.
Allan, James, Islamic Ceramics, 2006
 
 
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Good photos and text describing a goodly number of items I haven’t seen elsewhere.
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