The World of British Stoneware - Its History, Manufacture and Wares.
Publication date: 28th January 2014
For nearly three hundred years, from the late seventeenth to the middle twentieth century, stoneware was a major part of British ceramic output. This book concentrates on that particular area of ceramics, and covers the history and development of stoneware in all its many variations. These variations range widely, from the brown salt-glazed tavern wares to such refined wares as jasper, Castleford ware and the later art wares, to name a few.
A specific aspect of the book is to give anyone interested in ceramics, and collectors in particular, very comprehensive information on the manufacture of the many types of stoneware,from the preparation of the clay, or body, through the forming, decorating and glazing techniques to the firing. Such is likely to provide a greater appreciation and understanding of examples of stoneware.
There are separate chapters on the later art wares and their makers, bottle wares, and marks and identification, as well as an appendix covering manufacturers, a comprehensive glossary and an informative list of museums. The illustrations cover a wide range of examples.
Frank Wood was born in London in 1944, and his early life was spent in the Staines area of Middlesex, where he attended Laleham-upon-Thames primary school and the grammar school at Ashford.
He has pursued an interest in ceramics since his later schooldays, inspired by visits to the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum in London, combined with an interest in archaeology. He has studied and collected pottery for many years, and despite a varied career, including living and working in Canada in the mid 1960s, ceramics has remained a major interest.
Having acquired practical skills in pottery at Langley College in Buckinghamshire in the late 1970s, he established his own pottery near Lampeter, where he worked as a studio potter in the 1980s, producing both earthenware and stoneware. The experience and knowledge gained during that time in the technical aspects of pottery production has contributed to their comprehensive coverage in 'The World of British Stoneware'.
Since 1989, he and his family have lived in Hereford.