Imposing letters onto ceramics started as an ancient form of communication and has gradually evolved into an art form in its own right. Mary White shows how this tradition has developed, covering methods of imposing letters on to clay, including stamping, stencils, slip-trailing, resist methods, carving and relief work amongst others. She also looks at a number of artists working in this area, showing beautiful examples of their work, and examines their approach and methods of lettering. As well as many beautiful images of ceramics with lettering, there is also a selection of calligraphic alphabets to use for inspiration or to copy.
Mary White is both a ceramicist and calligrapher, and is a fellow of both the Craft Potters Association and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. She has lived and worked in England, Wales and Germany, where she is now settled, and has work in collections all over the world, including the V & A (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), the Pennsylvania State Art Museum (USA), and the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Berlin).
1st edition, 1st reprint 2007, Pb, 96pp, full colour throughout, 15.7 x 23.4 cm