INSTITUT FÜR DEN WISSENSCHAFTLICHEN FILM IWF
Die Töpferei Niehenke in Hasbergen bei Osnabrück ist der letzte Betrieb im westlichen Niedersachsen, in dem traditionelles Geschirr hergestellt wird. Ausgehend von der Hundertjahrfeier der Werkstatt im Jahre 1995 wird ihre wechselvolle Geschichte von den Familienmitgliedern selbst geschildert. Exkurse in zwei Museen in Osnabrück und Hagen a. T. W. erlauben eine Einordnung des Betriebes in die Geschichte der Töpferei im Osnabrücker Land. Die verschiedenen Phasen des Herstellungsprozesses einer Teekanne gliedern den zweiten Teil des Films, der die aktuelle Situation der Töpferei beleuchtet, unterstützt von Off-Kommentaren des jetzigen Werkstattleiters, Bernd Niehenke.
Herst./Veröff.: IWF, Göttingen Best.-Nr.: C 2019
In Impressionen und detaillierten Skizzen porträtiert der Film das Leben im deutschen Dorf Óbánya (dt.: Altglashütte) in Südungarn, wo sich die deutsche Muttersprache in Brauchtum, z. B. beim Osterratschen und Hahnenschlagen, aber auch in Familie und Stammtischrunde erhalten hat. Im Zentrum steht das Töpferhandwerk des Josef Teimel, das heute durch den florierenden Tourismus guten Absatz findet. Bei Veranstaltungen wie dem Kirchweihfest oder beim winterlichen Schweineschlachten wird der Zusammenhalt der Dorfgemeinde unmittelbar augenfällig.
Herst./Veröff.: IWF, Göttingen Best.-Nr.: C 1933
Patamban ist ein auf Töpferei spezialisiertes Dorf. Die Töpferei wird in den Familien vor allem von den Frauen betrieben. Am Beispiel einer Großfamilie wird die flexible Arbeitsorganisation gezeigt, die es den Frauen ermöglicht, neben der Töpferei auch ihren alltäglichen Arbeiten wie Kochen, Waschen, Putzen usw. nachzugehen. Die angewendete Modeltechnik erlaubt eine schnelle Anpassung der Arbeit an die Notwendigkeiten. Die Männer widmen sich vor allem dem Ackerbau, helfen aber auch in der Töpferei mit. Die Zusammenarbeit in der Familie, die Einbindung aller drei Generationen in die Arbeit, sichert ihnen die wirtschaftliche Grundlage. Ein differenziertes Tonwarenangebot erlaubt eine schnelle Reaktion auf die Wünsche des Marktes. Entwicklungsorganisationen fördern das Handwerk durch Wettbewerbe und Töpfereimärkte, z.B. anläßlich der Fiesta Cristo Rey in Patamban. Im Mittelpunkt des Films steht Genoveva Ruíz,eine der erfolgreichsten Töpferinnen des Dorfes, die im Interview von ihrer Arbeit und Familie erzählt. Der Film ist untertitelt.
Herst./Veröff.: IWF, Göttingen Best.-Nr.: C 1967
Der Film stellt die Vorbereitung des Tons ohne Schlämmung dar. Die Technik wurde nur in manchen Töpferzentren verwendet. Anderswo wurde der Ton durch Schlämmung gereinigt.
Herst.: Ethnographisches Museum, Filmstudio, Budapest
Veröff.: IWF, Göttingen Best.-Nr.: E 2917
Der Film stellt die Drehtechnik und die Anfertigung der häufigsten Geschirrtypen der Töpfer von Dór dar.
Herst.: Ethnographisches Museum, Filmstudio, Budapest
Veröff.: IWF, Göttingen Best.-Nr.: E 2918
Der Film ist eine originale Dokument-Aufnahme, der das Glasieren der Töpferwaren darstellt. Ein wichtiger Teil im Film ist die Darstellung des Brennofens und des Verlaufs des Brennens.
Herst.: Ethnographisches Museum, Filmstudio, Budapest
Veröff.: IWF, Göttingen Best.-Nr.: E 2919
In Bisalhaes, einem Dorf in Nord-Portugal, wird schwarze Töpferei, vor allem Schüsseln und runde Gefäße für den täglichen Gebrauch, hergestellt. Der Ton wird mit Holzhämmern zerschlagen und anschließend eingesumpft. Die Gefäße werden auf einer handbetriebenen Drehscheibe geformt. Wenn sie trocken sind, werden sie mit Steinen gesäubert und geglättet. In einem Grubenofen werden sie gebrannt. Langsam wird der Ofen mit Scherben, Brennmaterial und schließlich Erde und Asche geschlossen. Durch Reduktion werden die Scherben schwarz.
Veröff.: IWF, Göttingen- Best.-Nr.: D 1750
Ausführliche Beschreibung des Rakubrennens in der Paxis und anderer verwandter Techniken. Begleitvideo zum Buch gleichen Namens.
Nur Verkauf. DM 39,90
Devon EX5 1LW
The video is divided into three sections – making, firing and post-firing treatments, and a "gallery" of recent work. Tim demonstrates the making of different shapes, turning, slip application, roulette decoration, attaching handles, and burnishing. After biscuit firing we see masking and wax resist, dipping in slip and glaze, and spraying of the copper glaze.
Sale: £20 plus £2 P&P
Deborah Baynes has been successfully teaching people how to throw since 1970. Over the years she has become well known for her Summer schools and also as a prolific maker of functional pottery.
This video brings together all of the experience and techniques that she teaches on her courses. All of it explained in minute detail and with each move filmed from different angles including the potters-eye view. Nearly 4 hours of detailed throwing tuition from clay preparation to more advanced projects.
Sale: £30 including P+P
"This production, although lasting only eight minutes, is a gem. We see Jim Preparing clay, working on his wheel (a Korean-continental hybrid), adding handles to pots, and decorating on to the raw clay. In the background is a constant display of striking pots waiting to be fired. Jim’s voice was recorded seperately, his comments adding greatly to our understanding of both event-on-screen, and of the context in which he works" Ceramic Review 175
Sale: £14.10 plus £2.35 P&P
Potters of Oaxaca/Mexico show us their resourcefulness in creating decorative and functional ware. See how it’s made for generations.
Sale: US$55 including S&H
CARPENTIER & DIETZ CD
Self-taught as a potter, Don Carpentier has unearthened the secrets of mochaware, a type of dipped pottery dating from the early 19th century. With an origin in the potteries of tsaffordshire, England, mochaware became one of the most popular forms of decorative ceramics in 1800‘s America. Don has tested and refined mochaware techniques in his workshop, and he brings them to you in this step-by-step video of mochaware techniques and recipes.
"Though well produced, this series of five videos looks at the history of American clay art from a decidedly California sculpture perspective, omitting much of what has happened in the country during the 20th century. The story is told through interviews with several artists and historians including Ron Nagle, Adrian Saxe, Peter Voulkos, Rudy Autio, Christopher Knight, Charles Fiske, Martha Drexler Lynn, Kenneth Trapp, and Ruth Braunstein, narrative voice-overs and historicak footage." Ceramics Monthly
Sale: US$695 for the set, including public-performance rights.
GOEBEL & ANDREWS GA
This documentary traces the development of the Mata Ortiz pottery tradition. Mata Ortiz is located in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The tape uses primary source interviews, potmaking and firing demonstrations, and location footage to tell how Juan Quezada, without formal art instruction, completely reinvented an ancient ceramic technology using prehistoric Mimbres and Paquime (Casas Grandes) pot shards as his inspiration. He sparked an artistic, cultural and economic renaissance in the area. The film includes interviews with Juan Quezada and other outstanding artists discussing their art, life in the village and criteria for determining the quality of pottery. The video also contains potmaking demonstrations by brothers Juan and Nicolas Quezada. Beautiful portraits of both pre-Columbian and contemporary primitive pottery from the region are featured. The Mata Ortiz model, with its highly refined local clay bodies and its expert painting, is an example of fine primitive pottery.
Price: $29.95 US retail; $89.00 US for institutions
New Hamshire potter Derek Marshall demonstrates in this three-video series the Japanese techniques used for centering, throwing and trimming.
Sale: US$ 22.95 each; all three on one videocassette $59
MBF PRODUCTIONS MBF
A resident potter takes you from diggin clay, through throwing pots, to the wood fired kiln of the 1850‘s frontier potter. Steven makes necessary and artistic items in the manner of old.
Sale: US$29.95 + $4 S&H
MEDIA FOR THE ARTS MED
Intended for a general audience, this video is a guided tour through an exhibition of artifacts in various media found in Chinese imperial tombs. In addition to describing the objects, the narrator also explains their relevance to court life and rituals.
MESA PRODUCTIONS MES
An excellent video documentation of 18 Australian potters. "Most Australian ceramic traditions began elsewhere, arriving with the European settlers during the last 200 years" explains the narrator of this 3-part video, which takes a look at the work produced by 18 contemporary Australian ceramists who draw inspiration from a variery of sources. In each segment, the narrator discusses the artist's background, styles, philosophy, etc., while examples of the artist' s work or candid studio shots are shown. In most of the segments, the artists also comment on their aesthetic concerns (although background noise sometimes makes it difficult for them to be heard). For example, Queensland potter Gwyn Hanssen Pigott creates works that are "simple but subtle; not flashy. I really wanted to show how potent just a simple form can be" she explains. "And that's one of the reasons why I put simple forms in groups."
Sale: US$69.95 plus $5 postage
A sequential approach to modeling the human figure in clay with Pat Keenan.
Sale: US$ 39.95 plus $4 S&H
MPG CORP. MPG
Perfect for tile & pottery printing.
Sale: US$49.95 + $4 S&H
"For more than 20 years , Kansas City, Missouri, potter Irma Starr has studied the techniques of 17th-century English slipware. In this video, she reproduces four objects from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum to demonstrate the various trailing, feathering and marbling methods used in their decoration." Ceramics Monthly
Sale: US$ 39.95
NORTHWEST DESIGNER NDC
Through interviews with the artist, several of his former students, an art historian and a critic, this video examines the work and life of ceramist /teacher /printmaker /painter /filmmaker Robert Sperry.
Sale: US$ 25
POTTERS SHOP PS
Filmed in 1970 by ceramist/educator Susan Peterson, this visit with the late Shoji Hamada shows him at work in his pottery in Mashiko, Japan. As Peterson narrates, Hamada is seen faceting, paddling and incising a few pots, which were then carried by workers to the five-chamber noborigama for a bisque firing. Prior to decorating and glazing, the surface of each bisqued piece was whisked to remove ashes. Although Hamada did not glaze every pot, he did all the decoration – by ladling, finger pulling or brushing.
Also available at: Axner Pottery Supply
In this instructional video, North Carolina ceramist Elizabeth Priddy explains her approach to throwing a bowl at the potter's wheel, breaking the process down into several distinct steps, because "you need to think about each part of making a pot separately. It isn't one smooth flowy thing where you just ooze your way into it until you've been doing it for a long time." Beginning with centering, she suggests the student work on each step until it is done correctly, then build on that experience: "Center ten balls of clay without trying to open them," she advises. "When you see that you can center, then you open it." Priddv uses a rather unusual technique to open the clay, inserting her index finger at the marked center, then pulling toward herself with that finger. In turn, she throws the cylinder walls by pulling/ pressing with the index fingers. After each pull, she "recenters" (compresses) the rim. For shaping, Priddy uses a rib with a curved and a flat side. She then runs through the whole process again quickly and cuts the bowl down the middle to check consistency. US $35.95
Instructional Video for making cylinders on wheel. Guaranteed to help you.
Sale: US$10, outside U.S. $12, PAL $30. Shipping included.
STUDIO GALLERY STU
"In this video "how to", California potter Bill Creitz is shown throwing and assembling the parts of a teapot, beginning with visualizing /sketching the piece in four sections: the body, handle, lid and spout. He then demonstrates two types of wedging techniques, before throwing a spout off the hump and using the remaining clay to form the body. Next, he throws the lid, and uses an extruder to make the handle, which is placed over a rounded form to set overnight. After trimming the body and the lid, Creitz assembles the teapot, scoring and slipping the attachment points. The pot is then brushed with underglazes, biqued, glazed and high fired." Ceramics Monthly
Sale: US$29.95 plus $4.40 S&H
North Carolina potter Don Davis teaches in this how-to video the basics of throwing.
TILE HERITAGE THF
In this four-video series New York ceramist Frank Giorgini describes the process of tile making, from forming to installation. FORMING THE TILE: "In this "how-to" video-the first in a series of four Freehold, New York, artist Frank Giorgini demonstrates various methods of creating tiles, beginning with a simple flat tile formed by rolling out a slab of clay witharollingpin. After the surface is smoothed with a rib, he cuts the tile to size, then places it between Sheetrock to dry flat. Giorgini then makes a model for a plaster mold from two slabs of clay layered together. Next, he transfers a design on paper by laying the paper on the top slab and punching holes through the design. Placing the model on a turntable for better control, he uses an X-acto knife to cut the design out of the top layer of clay only. Other tools are used to incise additional lines. Once the design is complete, a wooden frame is set around the tile model, the corners of the frame are sealed with coils of clay, and the plaster is poured in slowly. After the plaster has hardened, Giorgini removes the frame and carefully "peels" the clay model from the mold. A thick slab of clay is then placed in the mold; "you get your best impression if it sort of fits right in," Giorgini explains. Laying canvas on top, he uniformly pounds the clay with a rubber mallet. Excess clay is cut off with a wire tool, a straight edge is used for final flattening, and a plaster block is set on top to facilitate drying. When Giorgini sees that the clay has pulled away from the plaster, he removes the tile by placing a wooden bat on top, then turning the mold over and tapping. He then goes on to demonstrate the making of tiles using a few "gadgets" he has developed, which have cut production time considerably. The first tool shown cuts clay slabs to the same thickness each time. The second tool is a manual tile presser made from plumbing fixtures bought at a hardware store. Finally, Giorgini covers two decorating techniques: shellac resist and inlay. For the shellac-resist technique, he brushes slip onto the surface of a bone-dry tile. He then takes a rubbing (using tracing paper and graphite) from a finished bas-relief tile, places the rubbing face down on the dried slip, and traces with a pencil. After transferring the design, he covers it with shellac. When the shellac has dried (about 20 minutes), Giorgini rubs a wet sponge over the surface. The shellacked area is protected, while the exposed slip is washed away. For inlaying, Giorgini carves a design into a leather-hard tile, then dabs on colored slips until they're well above the surface. (An ice-cube tray is used to hold a variery of colored slips.) Then excess slip is scraped off. Later, the tile will be clear glazed and fired."
Sale: US$ 40 each plus $4 S&H
VIDEO UNIVERSITY VUP
In this three-part series, Dean Jensen demonstrates the basic steps of throwing at the potter’s wheel.
Sale: US$69.95 for the set plus $5 S&H (USA).
The first section of this two-part documentary follows the planning and construction of a Tozan (an East-facing, climbing, multichamber) kiln in Nanaimo, Canada. It was the third of this design to be built by Tozan master potter Yukio Yamamato - the first was constructed in Japan, the second at the University of arizona in Flagstaff.
The second part of the film is a brief profile of master kilnbuilder Yukio Yamamato, whi maintains a studio and gallery in Himeji, Japan.
Sale: Can$29.95 including shipping.