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Ceramics at CCSF

Welcome to CCSF Ceramics Resources!

E-Books on Ceramics: Technique

E-Books on Ceramics: Ceramic Arts Handbook Series

Streaming Videos on Ceramics

WATCH FILMS NOW - FREE!  Films on Demand is a multidisciplinary film collection, available to watch online or in the classroom.  The collection contains films focusing on many aspects of the arts.  If  you are off campus, you'll need to enter your RAM ID (student ID number) and RAM ID password in order to view.  Below are several samples:

Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000  (55 mins)

Produced in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition of the same name, this lively program explores the evolution of late-20th-century ceramics. Using interviews and myriad examples of their works, leading figures in the field, including Ruth Duckworth, Wayne Higby, John Mason, Ron Nagle, Otto Natzler, Richard Shaw, Stephen De Staebler, and Peter Voulkos, discuss such major themes as Abstract Expressionism, Funk, vessels, form and function, and the debate over the decorative arts versus the fine arts.


grayson perry peeling slip from vesselGrayson Perry (26 mins)

Artist Grayson Perry at work! Discussing technique, artistic practice, and theme.

Toshiko Takaezu: Portrait of a Ceramic Artist (29 min., 1993)

Renowned for her extraordinary pottery and highly respected as a teacher, Toshiko Takaezu is one of the most significant ceramic artists of the 20th century—and the 21st. This program, filmed both in New Jersey and the artist’s native Hawaii, presents the life story of the internationally acclaimed potter. Film clips of Ms. Takaezu at work—shaping clay in her studio, demonstrating pottery techniques at Princeton University, and overseeing raku firing—provide illuminating insights into her philosophical creative process. 


The Space of Pottery: Ceramics of Paul Mathieu (27 mins)

Watch as the artist makes and decorates intricate sets of stacking dishes and teapots..

E-Books on Ceramics: History and Examples

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