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China Painting, Selected Sources


Information or research assistance regarding china painting is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following selected bibliography has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.

Bradford, Tricia. A-Z Guide for Porcelain Painters. Kenthurst, N.S.W., Australia: Kangaroo Press, 1989.

Bradford, Tricia, editor. Porcelain Art in Australia Today. Kenthurst, N.S.W., Australia: Kangaroo Press, 1986

Buckley, Cheryl. Potters and Paintresses: Women Designers in the Pottery Industry, 1870-1955. London: Women's Press, 1990.

Byrne, Kate. Painting on Ceramics. San Diego: Laurel Glen, 2000.

Cooney, Nicky. Decorating Ceramics: Over 300 Easy-To-Paint Patterns. New York: Sterling Pub., 1998.

Davis, Howard.. Chinoiserie: Polychrome Decoration on Staffordshire Porcelain, 1790-1850. London: Rubicon, 1991.

Duncan, Katherine. Fired Up!: Hot Designs & Cool Techniques for Painting Pottery. Asheville, NC: Lark Books; 1999.

Elliot, Marion. Tile Decorating Book: Practical Ideas for Creating and Designing. New York: Anness Pub., 1997.

Geissler, Uwe. Painting Porcelain in the Meissen Style. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1997.

_____. Porcelain Painting With Uwe Geissler. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1995.

Gibson, John. Pottery Decoration: Contemporary Approaches. New York: Overlook Press, 1997.

Harle, Lesley and Susan Conder. Designer China: Hand Painting Ceramics to Decorate Your Home. London: C. Letts, 1991.

Harle, Lesley and Simon Willis. Painting Ceramics/How to Paint and Stencil Already Made Ceramics Pieces-12 Projects. New York: Henry Holt & Co., Inc. 1993.

_____. Painting Ceramics: Contemporary Crafts. New York: Henry Holt & Co., Inc. 1993.

Kamm, Dorothy. American Painted Porcelain: Collector's Identification & Value Guide. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1999.

Karandjoulov-Alexiev, Dony. Painting on Porcelain in the Oriental Style. London: Studio Vista; New York: Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub. Co., 1994.

Masias, Marie Thérèse and Agnès Pinhas-Massin. Painting on China. New York: Arco Pub., 1984.

Murdoch, John and John Twitchett. Painters and the Derby China Works. London: Trefoil, 1987.

Neal, Moira and Lynda Howarth. Painting Ceramics: Easy Projects and Stylish Designs to Paint in a Weekend. Asheville, NC: Lark Books; New York: Distributed by Random House, 1999.

Perret, Annick. Painting on Porcelain: Traditional and Contemporary Designs. UK: Search Pr. Ltd.; Woodstock, NY: Distributed by Arthur Schwartz & Co., Inc. 1994.

Salyer, Pauline A. Oriental Porcelain Painting: A Tour of the Birthplace of Porcelain. Oklahoma City: Salyer Pub. Co., 1983.

Sharp, Edith M. China Painting: The Soft Look Technique. Revised by A. Warren Garrett. 2nd ed. Kenthurst, N.S.W., Australia: Kangaroo Press, 1982.

Southwell, Sheila. China Painting Projects Around the World. London: Blandford Press; New York: Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Pub. Co., 1991.

_____. China Painting Projects With Sheila Southwell. Poole, UK: Blandford Press; New York: Distributed in the U.S. by Sterling Pub. Co., 1987.

_____. Painting China & Porcelain. Newton Abbot, Devon, UK: David & Charles, 1995.

Stewart, Brenda. Victorian decorative painting with Brenda Stewart, CDA. Cincinnati: North Light Books, 1999.

Sutton, Wanda. Creative China Painting. Dunbridge Wells, Kent, UK: Search Pr Ltd.; Woodstock, NY: Distributed by Arthur Schwartz & Co., Inc.,Woodstock, NY: Distributed by Arthur Schwartz & Co., Inc. 1994. 1998.

Tailor, Heather. Lustre for China Painters and Potters. Kenthurst, N.S.W., Australia: Kangaroo Press, 1990.

Thompson, Bill. Country Classics: The Country Look in Ceramic Projects. Livonia, MI: Scott Publications, 1986.

Timms, Peter. Australian Studio Pottery and China Painting. Melbourne; New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Wittig, Irene. The Clay Canvas: Creative Painting on Functional Ceramics. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 1991.

Zanard, Nicoletta. Guide to Ceramics Painting. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.


Additional sources of information:

International Porcelain Artists and Teachers, Inc. (IPAT)


Prepared by the Collections of Ceramics and Glass,
Division of Home and Community Life in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services,
Smithsonian Institution

Revised 4/04

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