School of Art and Art History
College of Fine Arts
Ceramics from Islamic Lands is a luscious visual book, with insightful information. Islamic potters gave us (among other things) tin-glazed earthenware with inspiring decoration, and dynamic compositions. The work has vitality, a reflection of their culture and values, and offers everything from a direct funkiness to a controlled elegance. They used value and color in exemplary ways. So often we hear that earthenware potters were trying to imitate Asian porcelain. This work owes no apologies for its brilliant (in both senses) use of the materials.
Oliver Watson, the author, was Chief Curator at the Victoria and Albert,and is now Chief Curator at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.His insights on decorative arts and Islamic works are superb.