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This is a collection of recommended books that was gathers over the years from the SCA-Potters yahoo groups list.

"A Collectors History of English Pottery"
Griselda Lewis, Viking Press, 1969

"A Guide to English Pottery and Porcelain"
R.I. Hobson r738 B77 British Museum, 1923

"English Ceramics"
Stanley Fisher r738 F53e Hawthorne Books, Inc.; 1965

"English Pottery"
Bernard Rackham r738 R11 Scribner & Sons, Inc. 1924

"European Ceramic Art"
William B. Honey Faber and Faber Inc.; 1949

"History of Pottery"
Emmanuel Cooper 738.09 C78h St. Martins Press; 1972

"Medieval English Pottery"
Bernard Rackham r738.R11m Faber and Faber

"Pottery in England from 3500 BC to 1750 AD"
K.J. Barton 738 B28P A.S. Barnes and Co.; 1975

"The English Country Pottery"
Peter C.D. Brears r738.3 B74e Charles E. Tuttle Co.; 1971

"Medieval Pottery in Britain AD 900 - 1600"
M McCarthy and C. Brooks Leiscester University Press; 1988
(an archeaological text, with diagrams. Not many actual photographs - Gwen)

"The Secular Spirit; Life at the End of the Medieval Period"
Metropolitan Museum of Art 709.02 N42s Dutton; 1975
(Many examples of Medieval pottery from a wide range of cultures.)

"Three Books of the Potters Art"
N. Picollopasso q738.2 p591t (taken from the notebooks of a medieval Italian potter)

"From Viking to Crusader"
Roesdahl & Wilson 948.02 F92
(along with other artifacts, there are many photos of pottery in this book)

"Medieval Pottery in the Yorkshire Museum"
Sara Jennings The Yorkshire Museum; 1992

"Approaches to Archeological Ceramics"
Carla M. Sinopoli ISBN 0-306-43575-6

"Freedom of Clay and Brush Through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz'u - Chou Type Wares, 960-1600 AD"
Yutaka Mino University Indiana Press; 1980

"Ceramic Art From Byzantine Serres"
Demetra Papanikola-Bakirizis, Eunice Dauterman Maguire and Henry Maguire
University of Illinois Press, 1992

"Acqumanili; Oggetti Medievali Per Uso Sacro e Profano"
Franco Maria Ricci ISBN 88-216-0331-81982
(while this has to do with bronzes, often potters copied in clay what they saw in bronze.)

"English Slipware Dishes: 1650-1850"
Ronald G. Cooper 738.37 C78e
(for those who do not accept 1600 at the cut off date for the SCA)

"The Archeology of Ritual and Magic"
Ralph Merrifield New Amsterday Books 1987
390.094 M55a ISBN-0-941533-26-3
(A scholarly work, with many photos of pots in situ, this work shows many of the more unusual uses medieval pottery was put to.)

Eames, Elizabeth: Irish Medieval Tiles: Decorated Medieval Paving
    Tiles in Ireland with an Inventory of Sites and Designs in
       a Visual Index. Circa 1250-1550.
       Royal Irish Academy Monographs in Archaeology, Royal Irish
       Academy, 19 Dawson St., Dublin 2, 1988, ISBN 0901714623.
       505 third scale examples, 8 color photographs, six black and
       white photographs, 47 line drawings, 148 pages. Includes a
       drawing of a reconstruction of a medieval floor tile kiln. Hardbound.

Eames, Elizabeth: English Tilers, Medieval Craftsmen Series;
       University of Toronto Press 1992. ISBN 0802077064. Paperbound.
       72 pages, 43 color and 41 B&W Illustrations. Covers ovens,
       tools, molds, techniques, many examples of embossed and inlaid
       tiles, as well as shaped pattern tiles. Contains the only
       surviving wooden tile stamp. Very pretty book!.

Eames, Elizabeth: English Medieval Tiles; British Museum, Harvard
       University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1985.
       Contains many of the same illustrations as the English Tilers
       book by the same author, 72pp. Lacks the tool illustrations
       but has the surviving stamp depicted in the English tilers
       book. Mainly a rearrangement of the above. color and b&W. PP.

Grafton, Carol Belanger: Old English Tile Designs for Artists and
    Craftspeople; with 161 Illustrations. Originally published
    as Mediaeval English Paving tiles, in 1937, by Lord Haberly
    (Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1937). Dover original edition 1984.
    161 B&W illustrations, 128pp. 8 3/8 x 11". Unprovenanced but
    said to be mostly from the Oxford region.

Liebgott, Niels-Knud: Kakler, Hovedtraek af kakkeloven historie ca.
       1350-1650.1972. Concerns the making and construction details
       for Kakler which are the deep relief oven tiles standing ovens
       are made from. Nationalmuseet, Kobenhavn.
       ISBN 874807061. 39pp. paperback. Some excellent designs,
       knight on horseback for example. Some are made by turning
       cylinders and cutting them in half, then building the border
       around them and decorating.

Sherlock, David: Medieval Floor Tiles in Suffolk Churches; Suffolk
       Historic Churches Trust, paperbound, no date but post 1980.
       Possibly reachable through the Old Rectory, Chattisham,
       Ipswich IP8 3PY. 47pp. 157 oftentimes very pretty designs
       drawn in dark brown on a parchment colored paper. With complete

Stopford, Jennie: Recording Mediaeval Floor Tiles; Council for
    British Archaeology Practical Handbook 10, 4.70GBP,
    112 Kennington Road, London SE11 6RE, ISBN 1872414036.
    46 page paperback with a few illustrations of tiles.
    Short Bibliography.

Stopford, Jennie: Modes of Production Among Medieval Tilers;
       Medieval Archaeology 37, 1993; pp. 93-108 with notes.

Van Lemmen, Hans: Decorative Tiles Throughout the Ages, with 40 full
       color plates; Crescent Books, Crown Publishers, Inc. 225 Park
       Ave. South, New York, NY., Bracken Books 1988. ISBN 0517679604.
       Very large format book. Only a few medieval tiles in full
       color, quickly goes to later Renaissance Majolica tiles. About 90

Giorgini, Frank: Handmade Tiles - Designing, Making, Decorating;
    Lark Books, Asheville, N.C., USA, ISBN 0937274763. $25.
    1994, 144 very well illustrated color pages including how
    to make a tile press, tools, and many examples with complete
    instructions as to methods for the beginner. Well worth the money.

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