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release date: Nov 24, 2006
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Glass Notes, a reference for the glass artist
Glass Notes includes up to date illustrated information on building glass furnaces, annealing ovens, glory holes and other equipment. Other information includes how to cast and fuse glass, how to batch glass and proper annealing. Experts have written detailed information on pate de verre, fuming, proper insulation of ovens and heat recuperation, building to code, calculating air changes. An up-to-date section on suppliers of material and equipment is included. Glass Notes is fully indexed for easy referencing.
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release date: Jan 01, 1997
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Design Language
Design Language brings fresh insight to students and practicing designers by examining the words they use. This compact volume presents 100 keywords with background etymology and commentary. Whether the word is as familiar as edge or perhaps new to you like synesthesia, you’ll find yourself moving easily from one entry to the next, intrigued by the rich layers of meaning you discover. Design Language understands that a book can’t teach design. Instead, it helps people learn design, by using vocabulary to explore style, form, and composition.
release date: Mar 01, 1997
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Tibetan Art: Toward a Definition of Style
Book by Casey Singer, Jane, Denwood, Philip
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release date: Jan 26, 2001
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Speak Antique : A Pronunciation Guide and Glossary for the Arts and Antiques
Did you know that Bachiru, is pronounced: bah chee loo, and that it is a Japanese pick-like instrument used to carve ornamental designs on dyed ivory?

How about : Feng Shui? You’ve seen this term everywhere, but did you know that it is pronounced fung SHWAY and that it is the Chinese philosophy placing people and objects in harmony with their surroundings?

These are examples of arts and antiques terms that you will learn from this extremely useful book. Donna M. Stone has thoroughly researched thousands of terms that are used everyday, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. This pronunciation guide and glossary will help everyone from the expert to the beginner.

release date: Feb 01, 2006
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Visions of Heaven: The Dome in European Architecture
There's an ethereal magic to standing beneath a dome, neck craned, looking up at a vision of the heavens created by some long-ago figure of genius. From the Pantheon to the Hagia Sophia, the power of the dome seems transcendent. Photographer David Stephenson's magnificently kaleidoscopic images of dome interiors capture this evanescent drama, and make Visions of Heaven one of the most spectacularly beautiful books we've ever produced.

Traveling from Italy to Spain, Turkey, England, Germany, and Russia, among other countries, and photographing churches, palaces, mosques, and synagogues from the second to the early twentieth century, Stephenson's work amounts to a veritable typology of the cupola. His images present complex geometrical structures, rich stucco decorations, and elaborate paintings as they have never been seen before. Brilliantly calibrated exposures reveal details and colors that would otherwise remain hidden in these dimly lit spaces.

Visions of Heaven shows more than 120 images, including the Roman Pantheon, the Byzantine churches of Turkey, the great domes of the Renaissance, the decorative cupolas of the Baroque and the Rococo ages, and a nineteenth-century synagogue in Hungary.

release date: May 04, 2006
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Watching Words Move
Words have the power to move. In 1962 a modest design studio created its own riff on that statement in the form of a small booklet of typographic brilliance, and changed forever how designers thought about the graphic potential of words. Decades later, the impact of watching words move is still felt. Never before had the idea been so lucidly and playfully expressed that type itself could speak, that word-forms carried their own implied visual meanings; that the placement of letters on the page could suggest motion, narrative, emotion just about anything. Now widely available for the first time, this reproduction of the original includes thoughts by influential designers George Lois, April Greiman, Kit Hinrichs, Michael Carabetta, and Steven Heller on the lasting impact of this lively type primer, and presents its still-fresh innovation to new generations of designers.
release date: Feb 29, 2000
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The Sierra Club Guide to Painting in Nature (Sierra Club Books Publication)
Plein-air painting is the art of painting out-of-doors, on site, and completing the work at one sitting. In this lively guide, acclaimed artist, author, and instructor Cathy Johnson provides a friendly introduction to all facets of plein-air painting—from selecting and using basic materials (including pencils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, brushes, and papers) to weathering outdoor conditions and dealing with the challenges of capturing ever-changing light. Richly illustrated with studies, sketches, and paintings by the author and others, this book will inspire and guide beginners and accomplished artists alike in this time-honored pastime.
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release date: May 01, 1993
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release date: Aug 01, 2002
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1000 Symbols: What Shapes Mean in Art & Myth

Symbols are an international language, but that language is far from universal. Different symbols mean radically different things in different contexts - a cross, a crane, or a swastika each have a distinct meaning for a Buddhist, an art historian, or a student of the occult.

1000 Symbols offers a comprehensive directory of symbols in clear, detailed artworks, each accompanied by a definition of the symbol's history and its cross-cultural meanings.

Beginning with an alphabetical, cross-referenced index, the book is then organized into groupings of related symbols:

Geometrical Shapes-circle, square, triangle, pentagram, crescent, and spiral are just a few of the entries.

The Universe and the Elements includes all the symbols for the world around us-earth, air, fire, and water, as well as times of day or month, and the planets.

Characters and People details the symbolism attached to specific characters or to people and their general attributes.

Living Creatures denotes the symbolism of animals, birds, fish, and insects.

Flowers, Plants, and Trees highlights the symbolism of growing things, from the oak to the lotus.

Mythical Beasts contains beasts from the myths and legends of all cultures, including hybrids such as the centaur.

Objects and Artifacts includes made or manufactured objects of symbolism, from knot to labyrinth.

Numbers and Colors outlines their symbolic attributes in different cultures and contexts.

Whether you are baffled by the relevance of the winged staff held by Mercury in a classical painting or wonder about the number of branches on the Hebrew menorah, this comprehensive directory will give you the information you are looking for, and place the explanation in its historical and cultural context.

1000 illustrations in 2 colors
release date: Jul 16, 2020
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Drawing America's Wildlife: An Artist's Portfolio of North American Animals
How artists can create renderings of the myriad animals of North America
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