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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)
- Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online
- Art Journal Open "presents artists’ projects, conversations and interviews, scholarly essays, and other forms of content. ... Contributions focus on post-1945 material with an emphasis on the contemporary, (and as) an online publication ... prioritizes material that makes meaningful use of the web."
- Bibliography of Artist Dictionaries and Other Sources from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
- The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire international de la littérature de l'art (RILA) "cover European and American visual arts material published between 1975 and 2007."
- Chicago Public Library
- The Guggenheim Museum archive on Archive.org provides access to over 200 complete books
- Access the Gutenberg Bible and Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook from the British Museum
- Hathi Trust Digital Library "(offers) a collection of millions of titles digitized from (academic & research institutions) around the world."
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History "pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection."
- MetPublications provides access to "five decades of Met publications on art history, available to read, download, and/or search for free," including full-length books.
- MoMA Glossary of Art Terms
- Newberry Library: Chicago's Independent Research Library since 1887
- The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Smarthistory "is a non-profit collaboration that brings (world-class resources on art and cultural objects from) art's global history to everyone" through videos, essays, and more.
- Tate Online Glossary of Art Terms
- Wikimedia Commons is "a collection of ... freely usable media files"
Citations, Copyright and Fair Use in the Visual Arts
Copyright "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 Copyright covers both published and unpublished works."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."
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
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: