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Rhode Island School of Design

Ceramics Research Guide

Getting Started

Formulate your questions: are you interested in background information (culture, history, technique), scholarly discussion of a topic, information about materials, technical guidance? Where do you think this information might be published -- books, journals, magazines, newspapers?

If you are having any trouble finding what you need, please get in touch with us.

Where to Search

Background information (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.):


Articles (scholarly and trade journals):


Materials information:


Browsing Guide

Where to look in the stacks for BOOKS

You'll find books about ceramics in these call number ranges. See the 1st floor map.

NK 3700 - 4695 (Ceramics)

TP 785 - 869 (Technical info.)

TT 916 - 924 (Ceramics techniques)

Where to look in the stacks for JOURNALS + MAGAZINES

Current titles are on the Mezzanine. Earlier years through 1980 are shelved alphabetically on the first floor (see map). Issues from 1979 and earlier are either in Special Collections or storage. Check the catalog for specific holdings and locations.

Currently received titles:

Ceramic industryCeramic reviewCeramics, art and perceptionCeramics in AmericaCeramics monthlyCeramics technicalClay timesFormStudio potter

Older, limited run titles:

American ceramic circle journalAmerican ceramicsBienal de ceramica utilitariaCahiers de la ceramique, du verre, et des arts du feuClay in art internationalFar Eastern ceramic bulletinKeramic studioNCECA journalOld chinaPottery quarterlyTransactionsOld Wedgwood

Research Help

Guided Research: meeting with a RISD Art Librarian

Librarians are available to help students research a topic. Make an appointment at the Research Help Desk or by emailing a librarian directly. We're available to meet with individuals or groups. This meeting will help you clarify your ideas, provide ways to approach your topic, and identify key terms, print and online resources, and search strategies to help get you started and save time.

A meeting with a librarian usually lasts 15-30 minutes depending on the scope of the topic. You are always welcome to make follow-up appointments.