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China Paint and Overglaze Hardcover – March 15, 2007


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An absolute feast! The most complete book I have ever seen on overglaze, for both china painters and potters. --Marci Blattenberger, co-founder Porcelain Painters International Online

...an outstanding compendium on the subject of china painting. It should become the standard reference book on the subject ...a must have book for those interested in this art form. --John Hesselberth, co-author of Mastering Cone 6 Glazes

About the Author

Paul Lewing always knew he wanted to be an artist. He started painting in oils at the age of eight, and continued into college at the University of Montana in Missoula. Studying with Rudy Autio, one of America's best known clay artists and muralists, he earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. Paul then moved to Seattle, and has been a professional clay artist there since 1972, first making functional pottery and, since 1986, working exclusively on ceramic tile. Paul is known for his painterly style of glazing, and for the wide diversity of imagery, styles and techniques he employs in his tile art. He is also widely respected for his expertise in glaze chemistry, and a sought-after workshop leader and teacher. Paul is active in the crafts community, and has been President of both the Washington Potters' Association and Northwest Designer-Craftsmen, and a member of the Studio Potter Network National Advisory Board.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: American Ceramic Society (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574982699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574982695
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I saw this book elsewhere for lots more money.
Susan J. Spohr
There really isnt a direct correlation between majolica and china painting..
Marcia Blattenberger
A huge amount of information is packed between the covers.
Jeanette Harris

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Harris on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Paul REALLY knows his stuff. This is a great book covering so much territory, it's a mini history of an area of ceramics that has not been addressed in such a contemporary way. After years of research and work, he has created benchmark and a major reference, an example for others to use in this kind of research. It's a great resource not only for potters, but historians, china painters, antique dealers and collectors.

This is a luscious book and a generous one. Paul Lewing has written a very readable, comfortable narrative and the book is visually stunning. A huge amount of information is packed between the covers. He holds nothing back, giving everything he knows and he knows a lot. He not only is tackles the subject full-on from the origins and progression of china decoration through time and cultures, there's a complete data dump of technical aspects; tools, chemistry and technique.

The book is printed on heavy-duty slick (magazine-like) pages and is filled with beautiful color photographs. Makes ya want to run, RUN to your studio and start working! You may need two copies. One to keep pristine in your house and one to paw over in the studio!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Hyams on December 11, 2010
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I wanted to learn about the history and techniques of china painting, without instructions on how to paint flowers, etc. This was the right book to buy; it was pricey, but better than getting three books in order to get the information I needed. It has great photos, and he has a real reverence and respect for this vital but overlooked genre.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Blattenberger on February 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There really isnt a direct correlation between majolica and china painting.. China painting is done over an already glazed piece . The work has previously been clear glazed to higher temps and the flux contained in the chinapaints creates a thin glassy layer when the piece is refired to the much lower overglaze temps which fuses the pigments to the glaze layer... ( as opposed to majolica where you are painting underglaze onto an unfired glaze layer...
For more information on overglaze processes, check Porcelain Painters INternational Onnline...[...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. J. NUORALA on September 30, 2012
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Buying this wonderful book by Paul Lewing at a reasonable price is very exciting. As a porcelain/china painter, I am sometimes confused by the instructions of different teachers, but "China Paint and Overglaze" covers everything. I immediately read it from cover to cover, and will use it as my primary resource.
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