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Key Course References

Athenian Pottery Project at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Cohen, B., ed. 2006. Colors of Clay: Special techniques in Athenian vases. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Lapatin, K. ed. 2008. Papers on Special Techniques in Athenian Vases. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Noble, J. V. 1988. The Techniques of Painted Attic Pottery. New York: Thames and Hudson.

Richter, G.M.A. 1923. The craft of Athenian pottery: an investigation of the technique of black-figured and red-figured Athenian vases.  New Haven: Yale.

Schreiber, T. 1999. Athenian vase construction: A potter’s analysis. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Ceramics Manufacture

Aloupi-Siotis, E. 2006. “Recovery and revival of attic-vase decoration techniques: What can they offer archaeological research?” In Papers on Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, edited by K. Lapatin, 113-128. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Dimitrova, C. et al. 2008. “Pottery production in Ancient Greece.” In Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy Proceedings of the International Conference, 29-30 October 2008, Sophia, edited by R. I. Kostov, B. Gaydarska, and M. Gurova, 108-110. Sofia: St. Ivan Rilski.

Kingery, W. D. 1991. “Attic Pottery Gloss Technology.” Archaeomaterials 5: 47-54.

Maish, J. 2006. “Observations and theories on the technical development of coral-red gloss.” In Papers on Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, edited by K. Lapatin, 85-94. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Maniatis, Y., E. Aloupi, and A.D. Stalios. 1993. “New Evidence for the Nature of Attic Black Gloss.” Archaeometry 35: 23-34.

Schreiber, T.  1977. “Handles of Greek Vases.” The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 5: 133-144.

Walton, Marc et al. “Preliminary analyses of Athenian pottery glosses.” Paper presented at the American Chemical Society, Anaheim, CA, 2011.


Decoration Techniques

Artal-Isbrand, P. et al. 2011. “An Evaluation of Decorative Techniques on a Red-Figure Attic Vase from the Worcester Art Museum using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and Confocal Microscopy with a Special Focus on the “Relief Line”.’ In Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology IX, edited by P. Vandiver et al., 3-33. MRS Proceedings 1319. New York: Cambridge University Press and Materials Research Society.

Papadopoulos, J., et al. 1998. “Drawing circles: Experimental archaeology and the pivoted multiple brush.” American Journal of Archaeology 102 (3): 507-29.



Kahn, L.C. and J. C. Wissinger. 2008. “Re-creating and firing a Greek kiln.” In Papers on Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, edited by K. Lapatin, 129-138. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Newman, R. 2008. “Ferrous and ferric. A review of scientific research on the iron in Attic Greek glazes.”  In Papers on Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, edited by K. Lapatin, 105-112. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.

Noble, J. V. 1985. “Refiring Greek Vases.” American Journal of Archaeology 89: 515-516.

Walton, M.S., et al. 2008. “A Preliminary investigation of coral-red glosses found on Attic Greek pottery.” In Papers on Special Techniques in Athenian Vases, edited by K. Lapatin, 95-104. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.


Conservation/Technical analysis

von Bothmer, D. 1998. “Forgeries of Greek Vases.” Minerva 9 (2): 8-17.

Boyle, Rebecca. 2012. “National Science Foundation is Studying Grecian Urns to Make Better Spacecraft.” Popular Science.

Gulmini, M., et al. 2004. “Technology of production of red figure pottery from Attic and southern Italian workshops.” Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 380 (4): 712-8. DOI: 10.1007/s00216-004-2779-7

Koens, H.F.W., and R.J. Jansen. 1999. “CT and ancient ceramics: a new approach.” In Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Amsterdam, July 12-17, 1998, edited by R.F. Docter and E.M. Moormann, 223-24. Amsterdam: Allard Pierson Museum

McPhee, I.D., and E. Kartsonaki. 2010. “Red figure pottery of uncertain origin from Corinth: Stylistic and Chemical Analyses.” Hesperia 79.1: 113-143.

Mirti, P. et al. 2004. “The Provenance of Red Figure Vases from Locri Epizephiri (Southern Italy): New Evidence by Chemical Analysis.” Archaeometry 46 (2): 183-200.


Potters and Painters, Workshops, Connoisseurship

Beazley, J.D. 1956. Attic Black-Figure Vase-Painters. Oxford: Clarendon.

Beazley, J.D. 1963. Attic Red-Figure Vase Painters. 2nd ed. 3 vols. Oxford: Clarendon.

Boardman, J. 2001. The History of Greek Vases: Potters, Painters, and Pictures. London: Thames & Hudson.

Oakley, J. “Why study a Greek vase painter?” Antiquity 72: 209-13.

Robertson, M. 1992. The Art of Vase Painting in Classical Athens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rouet, P. 2001. Approaches to the Study of Attic Vases: Beazley and Pottier. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Villanueva Puig, M.-C., et al., ed. 1999. Céramique et Peinture Grecques: Modes D’emploi: Actes Du Colloque International, École Du Louvre, 26, 27, 28 Avril 1995. Paris: Documentation française.



Lissarrague, F. 1990. The Aesthetics of the Greek Banquet: Images of Wine and Ritual. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Lissarague, F. 2001. Greek Vases: The Athenians and their images. New York: Riverside.

Marconi, C., ed. 2004. Greek Vases: Images, Context, and Controversies. Leiden: Brill.

Neer, R.T. 2002. Style and Politics in Athenian Vase-Painting. The Craft of Democracy ca. 530-460 B.C.E. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rasmussen, T., and N. Spivey, eds. 1991. Looking at Greek Vases. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rutter, N.K., and B.A. Sparkes. 2000. Word and Image in Ancient Greece. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Snodgrass, A. 1998. Homer and the Artists: Text and Picture in Early Greek Art. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sparkes, B.A. 1996. The Red and the Black: Studies in Greek Pottery. New York: Modern Library.

Stansbury-O’Donnell, M.D. 1999. Pictorial Narrative in Ancient Greek Art. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Steiner, A. 2007. Reading Greek Vases. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Trade, Ancient Economy of Greek Vases

Carpenter, T. H. 2003. “The Native Market for Red-figure Vases in Apulia.” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 48: 1-24.

Cook, R.M. 2000. “Excavation and the antiquities trade.” In Periplous: Papers on Classical Art and Archaeology presented to Sir John Boardman, edited by A.J.N.W Prag and A.M. Snodgrass. London: Thames and Hudson.

Osborne, R. 1996. “Pots trade and the Archaic Greek economy.” Antiquity 70: 31-44.

Osborne, R. 2004. “Workshops and the iconography and distribution of Athenian red figure pottery.” In Greek art in view: Essays in Honor of Brian Sparkes, edited by S. Keay and S. Moser, 78-94. Oxford: Oxbow.

Papadopoulos, J. K. 2003. Ceramicus Redivivus: the Early Iron Age Potters’ Field in the Area of the Classical Athenian Agora. Hesperia Supplement. Princeton: ASCSA.


General reference

Beazley, J. D. 1986. The Development of Attic Black Figure. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Boardman, J. 1974. Athenian Black Figure Vases. New York: Oxford University Press.

Boardman, J. 1983. Athenian Red-Figure Vases: The Archaic Period. 2nd ed. London: Thames and Hudson.

Boardman, J. 1989.Athenian Red-Figure Vases: The Classical Period. London: Thames and Hudson.

Boardman, J. 1998. Early Greek Vase Painting. 11th-6th centuries BC: a Handbook. London: Thames and Hudson.

Bruno, V.J. 1977. Form and Color in Greek Painting. New York: Norton.

Coldstream, N. 1968. Greek Geometric Pottery. London: British Museum.

Cook, R.M. 1972. Greek Painted Pottery. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Oakley, J., W.D.E. Coulson, and O. Palagia, eds. 1997. Athenian Potters and Painters. The Conference Proceedings. Oxford: Oxbow.

Oakley, J. 2009. “State of the Discipline: Greek Vase Painting.” AJA 113: 599-627.

Sparkes, B.A. 2000. “Greek Painted Pottery.” In Making Classical Art: Process and Practice, edited by Roger Ling, 62-77, plus plates. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing.


Non-Attic Vase-Painting

Amyx, D. 1988. Corinthian Vase Painting of the Archaic Period. 3 vols. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Cook, R.M. and P. Dupont. 1998. East Greek Pottery. London: Routledge.

Payne, H. 1971. NecrocorinthiaA Study of Corinthian Art in the Archaic Period. Reprint of 1931. College Park: McGrath.

Trendall, A.D. 1989. Red Figure Vases of South Italy and Sicily. London and New York: Thames and Hudson.



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