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Ceramics Research

Inside the Raku Kiln

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Fine Arts Librarian



The resources in this guide will help you with researching Ceramics and Contemporary Art and Craft.

For additional help see the list of Art & Art History Resources.

Browsing Art

Books in Fine Arts Library are filed using the Library of Congress system which groups books into subject areas. Some of the broad Fine Arts subject areas begin with the following call numbers:

N - Visual Arts

NA - Architecture

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing. Design. Illustration.

ND - Painting

NE - Print Media

NK - Decorative Arts

   NK 3700-4695 Ceramics

NX - Arts in General

TR - Photography

TT - Handicrafts. Arts and Crafts.

   TT 916-924 Ceramics techniques.


    Reference Books

    Reference works (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries) are good sources for finding background information on a topic. They can also point you to other resources.

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    Oxford Art Online/The Grove Dictionary of Art
    Call Number: Fine Arts Library - Reference -- N31 .D5 1996 (and online)
    Contains 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts, with more than 23,000 subject entries and 21,000 biographies; learning resources, including thematic guides and timelines. You may access the Grove Dictionary of Art via the Fine Arts Library website. Use this resource rather than Wikipedia.

    Cover Art
    Masterworks from the Indiana University Art Museum
    Call Number: Fine Arts Library - Reserve Desk -- N518.B4 A58 2007

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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History”
    Authored by the Met’s experts—predominantly made up of curators but also of conservators, scientists, and educators—the Timeline comprises 300 timelines, 930 essays, close to 7,000 objects, and a robust index, and is regularly updated and enriched to provide new scholarship and insights on the collection.


    IUCAT Search


    Browsing Contemporary Art

    Try browsing (in the Reference, Oversize, and Stacks sections) the N500's to N6000's.

    This area includes:

    • Major biennial/triennial exhibition catalogs -e.g. Whitney Biennial, Documenta, Venice Biennial (Biennale di Venezia), Carnegie International…
    • Contemporary or modern art history surveys
    • Subject-specific surveys
    • Selected major gallery or museum catalogs

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