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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

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Training?
Has
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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
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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Benco, Nancy L., The Early Medieval Pottery Industry at al-Basra, Morocco, 1987
 
 
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No
Bernsted, Anne-Marie, Early Islamic Pottery -- Materials and Techniques
 
 
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If you are interested in re-creating this kind of pottery, this is the book you need. It contains very technical details about material sources, chemical analysis of the pieces, sub-microscopic analysis of the pieces, construction methods, glaze formulations, etc. It also has some nice color photos of sample works.
Betts, Ian, Medieval 'Westminster' Floor Tiles, 2002
 
 
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Yes
A scholarly work with lots of line drawings, an analysis of tile layout designs, distribution patterns, and a large bibliography.
Betts, Ian, Medieval 'Westminster' Floor Tiles, 2002
 
 
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A scholarly work with lots of line drawings, an analysis of tile layout designs, distribution patterns, and a large bibliography.
Blair, Sheila and Bloom, Jonathan, Islamic Arts, 1997
 
 
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An overview of Islamic History and arts, with (generally) smallish photos.
Blake, H., Medieval Pottery: Technical Innovation or Economic Change?
 
 
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No
Boas, Adrian J., Crusader Archaeology: The Material Culture of the Latin East
 
 
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No
Brown, Duncan H., Pottery in Medieval Southampton, c. 1066-1510, 2002
 
 
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No
Brown, Sarah and O'Connor, David, The Glass-Painters (Medieval Craftsmen), 1991
 
 
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Buko, A., Ceramology and medieval pottery research in Poland
 
 
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No
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