Greek vases are one of the world's finest ceramic traditions. Even before a vase became a painted masterpiece, its graceful lines and elegant proportions made it a masterpiece of form.
Athenian Vase Construction details in a comprehensive, step-by-step fashion the manner in which the major Athenian vases were made. Photographs of pottery from the J. Paul Getty Museum and other collections provide ancient evidence from the interiors and exteriors of the pots themselves as to how they were formed and constructed, while line drawings illustrate how the potter worked.
Toby Schreiber, a potter, has contributed articles to Greek Vases in the J. Paul Getty Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum Journal.
The hardcover edition of this book is out of print.
"This may be the finest and most important book written on Greek vases in the last twenty-five years. Impeccably produced, lavishly illustrated, and full of original insights, this volume is a must for anyone interested in ancient ceramics."
—Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"An important addition to the great body of works concerning ancient Greek art. It combines technical treatise with one that focuses on the aesthetic result of the technology."
"A sumptuously produced and absorbingly interesting volume."
11 X 10 inches
542 b/w illustrations
440 line drawings
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum