Birch’s Ancient Pottery by Samuel Birch is a 2 volume set printed in 1858. There are no photos, but it is illustrated with 100’s of fine lithographs and in some ways they make it easier to see the form of a piece.
Mr. Birch’s intro begins: “A work has long been required which should embody the general history of the FICTILE art of the ancients”…I had to look up ‘fictile’ ( It’s from the Latin word meaning to mold). I should have known that…now we all do!
He also writes: “In the application of form in art, the Greeks have excelled all nations, either past or present.”
In another of my favorites, The Book of Pottery and Porcelain by Warren Cox (also 2 volumes, copyright 1944) the author disagrees: “We, therefore, find at times a certain coldness in the art of the Greeks. It is though they prefer a straight line to a curve.” I believe the later to be true, but mostly I enjoy the differing views of the experts.
I’ve been playing around with some bead making and pendants for Nicky to turn into necklaces.
I do enjoy working on wee little things. Most of these are from stamps I’ve carved from fine white clay and biscuit-fired.
For those keeping score, I visited my surgeon today and he won’t be needing my company again for 6 months! Another positive milestone.