IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Studio Arts – Ceramics Research

Background Information: Selected Sources Available in the IAIA Library

The Ceramic Glaze Handbook : Materials, Techniques, Formulas 738.144 B961c
Ceramic Technology for Potters and Sculptors 666.6 C965c
Contemporary Ceramics 738.09 P485c
Postmodern Ceramics 738.09 D331p
The Encyclopedia of Pottery Techniques REF 738 C834e
Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery and Directory of Artists REF 738.092 B496p
Southern Pueblo Pottery : 2000 Artist Biographies REF 738.092 S291s
St. James Guide to Native North American Artists REF 709.22 S143
The Dictionary of Art REF 703 D554 (34 volumes)


Search the library catalog for books on your topic or thesis, using relevant keywords.

Visit the library’s stacks and browse call number areas:

  • 730- Plastic arts, Sculpture
  • 731- Processes, forms, subjects of sculpture
  • 738- Ceramic arts

Also check the NC shelves (far right of collection stacks) for non-circulating books in the same call number ranges.

Selected List of Periodicals (located near the Library Study Rooms)

  • American Craft
  • Ceramics, art and perception
  • Ceramics monthly
  • Ceramics technical
  • Clay times
  • Crafts Report
  • Sculpture

Library Databases (Newspaper & Journal articles)

  • Academic Search Premier: A multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,700 publications.
  • ARTstor: Contains approximately 300,000 images of art, architecture and archeology from a wide range of cultures and time periods.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA): Comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing covering European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present.
  • GALE Cengage —Expanded Academic ASAP: Includes research, reviews, full-text articles.
  • GALE Cengage- Academic OneFile: Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources.
  • JSTOR: An electronic archive of full-text articles from Arts & Humanities journals.
  • Project Muse: Scholarly, full-text articles in the arts and humanities.

Search for the Artist’s Own Reflections

Some suggested subject headings to find material presented in the artist’s own words:

  • Use the artist’s name as an author search (last name, first name)
  • Use the artist’s name as a subject search (last name, first name)
  • Combine the artist’s name with these terms
    • correspondence
    • diaries
    • interviews
    • journals
  • Note: When searching most databases, it is possible to search the singular and plural forms of terms by using an asterisk (*). For example: diar*, interview*, journal*.

Thinking & Writing About Art

A Short Guide to Writing About Art 808.0667 B261s 2008
Writing About Art 808.06 S275w
Writing for the Visual Arts 808.0667 M478w
The Critique Handbook : A Sourcebook and Survival Guide REF 701.18 B982c