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Visual Arts: Ceramics


This page provides a range of information and links to resources on various materials and techniques in ceramics. Jump to a particular category using the contents list below, or scroll down to browse.


Objects, such as pots and vases, made of clay hardened by heat. (MoMA Glossary of Art Terms)


CCC Library Resources

Search the library catalog for books on ceramics at HWC Library

Search library databases (CCC login required):

Other Resources

Hand Building

Search: Pottery techniques in the HWC LibraryVessel, Mythological Scene, 				,Ceramics-Containers

Search: Hand building pottery > Ancient Maya painted ceramics in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Throwing Vessels

Search: Throwing pottery at HWC Library

SearchChinese porcelain: Production and export in smarthistory

Citations, Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts

Image result for fair use logoImage result for creative commonsImage result for copyright imagesCopyright "is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works." Learn more here

Fair Use allows "the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances." Learn more here.

Creative Commons licenses make creative works "freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing, and remixing" by "any member of the public." The CC Search search engine lets you "search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. Learn more about CC licenses here."

More information:

The MLA, Chicago, and Turabian citation styles may be used in writing about art. Check your syllabus or contact your professor to find out which style they prefer.

Quick guides to citing images: 

ARTSTOR's guides to Using Images and Copyright, including Citing Sources

College Art Association Guidelines regarding Fair Use and Copyright:

Fair Use Evaluator

Statement on Fair Use from the Visual Resources Association

Sculptural Ceramics

Sculptural bowlSearch: Sculptural ceramics in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History 


Search: Glaze in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Search: Chinese porcelain: decoration in smarthistory 

Image Search Tools

  • CC Search: Search for free content in the public domain and under Creative Commons licenses. Learn more about CC licenses here.
  • Some major institutions provide free access to images of works in the public domain, for non-commercial use: 

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