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Greek Red and Black Figure Pottery

Pottery
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Sebastian Lemm

on 3 May 2010

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Transcript of Greek Red and Black Figure Pottery

Greek Red and Black Figure Pottery Black Figure Pottery Black Figure Pottery is also known as Black Ceramic. It was one of the most common ways to paint and decorate an ancient greek vase. The art consisted of body paintings and Silhouettes. The colors red and white were used to distinct shapes. (Wikipedia.com) Black Figure Pottery was most popular in the 5th, 6th and, 7th century B.C. The Black Figure technique was first developed in Corinth in about 7th century B.C.. The black figure replaced the method of orientalizing. It went from metal pieces being on a pot to drawing of people. Why are they called Black Figure Pots?
The reason the pots were called black figure pots is bacause there was a glossy slip applied to the pots. When the pots were then fired the slip would turn black, making figures in the clay. The figures were then outlined by a red or white color. Other colors were used to but they were not as common. (historyforkids.org) The pots were often painted decorated of men and women in the Trojan War. The gods were not as popular in the decoration. in decorating these pots. There many things from ancient greece such as comedy scenes and some sport scenes. This Project will teach you the history and the way of Black and Red Figure Pottery. First we will go over Black Figure Pottery since it was created before Red Figure Pottery. The art forms were created in Greece. Eventually Red Figure Pottery was discovered and was easier to make. Some famous black-figure potters included Kleitias , Ergotimos, Nearchos, Lydos, the Amasis Painter, Andokides, Euthymides, and Sophilos.(www.visual-arts-cork.com) Red Figure Pottery Red Figure Pottery was discovered in about 530 BC and
died out in about 3rd century BC. It replaced the very common
black figure pottery.(wikipedia.com) Red Figure Pottery was the era with the most pots
and artifacts that are still intact today. Over 40,000 artifacts are
still preserved today. How was Red Figure Pottery Made? The Red Figure method was basically the
opposite of Black Figure. It was easier to make and harder to
make mistakes. The differnce from black figure was that when the pot was at a leather hard stage the figure
was put into the pot. The potter would then outline the figures with a brush or a charcoal. The figure
would come out fully during the firing and the outlines would go away. The slip was then put on to the clay
which would change colors during the firing stage making the red figures. The Red figure method allowed for more detail and overall better pots. Some great Red figure potters included Douris, Brygos and
Onesimos.(www.visual-arts-cork.com_ One of the works of Douris By Sebastian Lemm Works Cited:
"Greek Pottery, Ceramic Art of Ancient Greece: History: Geometric Style, Black Figure, Red Figure." Greek Art | Encyclopedia of Visual Arts in Greece | History of Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking: Artists, Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions. Web. 1 May 2010. <http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/antiquity/greek-pottery.htm#blackstyle>.

"Red-figure Pottery." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 29 Apr. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-figure_pottery>.

"Greek Black Figure Pottery Vases - History for Kids!" Kidipede - History and Science for Kids - Homework Help for Middle School. Web. 01 May 2010. <http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/greeks/art/pottery/blackfigure.htm>.
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