American Ceramic Circle Journal 21 (2021)

Posted in journal articles by Editor on September 18, 2021

In the latest issue of the ACC Journal:

The American Ceramic Circle (ACC) is pleased to announce the release of its anniversary issue, volume XXI, of the American Ceramic Circle Journal. For this volume, the Journal committee has selected articles of great variety on quite different and diverse subjects. In the opening essay, “The Mysterious World of Redwares: Medicine and Magic in the Pottery of Pre-Enlightenment Europe,” Errol Manners connects the dots between redwares across Europe, the Americas, and China and explores their historical context. Alison McQueen’s research is an important milestone in giving the female workers of the Vincennes, and later Sevres, manufactory, their identities back. Her “study examines works by the female painters Marie-Victoire Jaquotot, Pauline Knip, Marie-Adélaide Ducluzeau, and Pauline Laurent, and the undervalued contributions of female employees responsible for retouching glaze, laying down prints, and burnishing the wares.” Ronald Fuchs’s essay “From Rehe, China, to Staffordshire, England: The Voyage of a Chinese Image” follows the ‘India Temple’ pattern made by John and William Ridgway of Staffordshire from its origin in China to its appearance on ceramics in England. For the 2019 ACC Symposium, we offered a wonderful excursion to Seagrove, NC, and Stephen Compton’s article “Jugtown Ware: A Modern Primitive Expression” will bring back for those who attended pleasant memories of that experience. Stephen will give a deeper insight into the founding and production of Jugtown Pottery. Radhika Vaidyanathan, a researcher and artist from South India, focuses on the tile-manufacturing process in the Indian subcontinent by the Swiss/German Basel Mission. Manhattan’s Hadler Rodriguez Gallery is the topic of Tom Folk’s article. The two New York gallerists were offering gay and lesbian ceramists a rare forum to freely exhibit in the 1970s and 1980s. Tizziana Baldenebro surveys Fred Marer’s collection of mid-century ceramics, which is now housed at Scripps College, Claremont, CA. The Marer Collection, which holds important examples of the American Studio Pottery Movement, is also part of the Marks Project’s online database. The Marks Project (TMP) received an ACC Grant in 2018.


• Errol Manners — The Mysterious World of Redwares: Medicine and Magine in the Pottery of Pre-Enlightenment Europe
• Alison McQueen — Making the Marks: The Significant Roles and Challenges for Women in the First Century of Sèvres Porcelain
• Ronald W. Fuchs II — From Rehe, China to Staffordshire, England: The Voyage of a Chinese Image
• Stephen C. Compton — Jugtown Ware, a Modern Primitive Expression: American and Asian Pottery Traditions Come together in North Carolina
• Radhika Vaidyanathan — Ceramics and Missionaries in Colonial India: A Preliminary Survey of the Basel Mission Tile Factories
• Tom Folk — The Heroic Story of Manhattan’s Hadler Rodriguez Gallery
• Tizziana Baldenebro — The Marer Collection: Persistent Witness

The American Ceramic Circle (ACC) was founded in 1970 as a non-profit educational organization committed to the study and appreciation of ceramics. Its purpose is to promote scholarship and research in the history, use, and preservation of ceramics of all kinds, periods, and origins. The current active membership of approximately 500 is composed of museum and auction house professionals, collectors, institutions, and a limited number of dealers ceramics. The American Ceramic Circle Journal was first produced in 1971. Each volume has typically included five to ten articles presenting original research on a particular aspect of world ceramics. Many of the articles over the years have concentrated on American, European, and Asian ceramics from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, but the Journal welcomes a wide variety of ceramics-related topics. Submissions include papers presented at the ACC’s annual symposium, articles based on research sponsored by an ACC grant, and contributions from independent scholars. The Journal is distributed to all current ACC members, both individuals and institutions, as part of their membership, and individual issues are available for purchase on the ACC website. For questions, please contact ACC Journal Editor, Dr. Vanessa Sigalas, at journal@americanceramiccircle.org.


Print Quarterly, September 2021

Posted in books, journal articles, reviews by Editor on September 18, 2021

Gottfried August Gründler, Frontispiece Der Naturforscher (1774), engraving, 90 × 110 mm
(Cambridge University Library)

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The eighteenth century in the latest issue of Print Quarterly:

Print Quarterly 38.3 (September 2021)

William Pether, Eye Miniature, 1817, watercolour on ivory, embedded in red velvet, 27 × 22 mm (London: Victoria & Albert Museum).


Dominika Cora, “New Light on the Life and Work of the Mezzotint Engraver William Pether (1739–1821)”

William Pether (1739–1821) was one of the most distinguished English mezzotint engravers in the second half of the eighteenth century. Responding to scholarly confusion around his life, this article presents archival discoveries that illuminate his biography and personal life, as well as unpublished drawings and an overview of his artistic output.


Anna Gielas, “Gottfried A. Gründler’s Der Naturforscher (1773)”

During the second half of the eighteenth century, there was a peak in the usage of elaborate frontispiece engravings for European naturalist periodicals. Gielas introduces the frontispiece created by the renowned German engraver Gottfried August Gründler (1710–1775) for the naturalist journal Der Naturforscher and examines the useful information it displayed to the periodical’s (potential) audience. The engraving can be seen as an illustration of the cultural identity of naturalists as well as the Enlightened individual in the later decades of the eighteenth century.

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