Iscuss the origin and development of the lustre technique and its decorative application on glass and/or ceramics before 1250AD.


Discuss the origin and development of the lustre technique and its decorative application on glass and/or ceramics before 1250AD.

The essay should be 3000 words in length., the word count must be shown at the end of the essay. Whenever possible refer to particular examples with illustrations.
Please show illustrations of the Art pieces (ceramics and glass) to support your argument.

All work is marked according to the following criteria. Students will be judged on their ability:
-to develop a reasoned argument using a vocabulary appropriate to the field and region.
-to analyse a situation or body of information to determine and explain its value or significance.
-to display evidence of originality of thought and interpretation.
-to seek and analyse information from a variety of sources.
-to communicate ideas and information in written oral form.
-to negotiate goals and tasks, share responsibility and collaborate in the achievement of common objectives.
-to follow appropriate academic conventions in the production of written work.

All work should demonstrate:
adherence to question
strength of argument
evidence of wide reading
clarity and structure

The work submitted as part of the requirements for any examination or other assessment must be expressed in their OWN WORDS and incorporate their OWN IDEAS and judgements. PLAGIARISMthat is, the presentations of another persons thoughts or words as though they were ones ownMUST BE AVOIDED, with particular care in course work and essay reports written in students own time. Deliberate plagiarism in course work is serious as deliberate cheating in an examination. Direct quotations from the published or unpublished work or others must always be clearly identified as such by being placed inside quotation marks, and a full reference to their source must be provided in proper form. A series of short quotations from several different sources, if not clearly identified as such, constitutes plagiarism. Equally a summary of another persons ideas or judgements, must be referred to and the work reffered to included in the bibliography.

Footnotes are ESSENTIAL in the following circumstances:
-after any quotation, to acknowledge the source of the quotation.
-after any specific piece of information that is not general knowledge and may be open to dispute
-after any statement that is paraphrasing well-known research by another expert, even if a direct quotation is not used.

Footnotes are DESIRABLE in the following circumstances:
-to give the exact location of comparative illustrations when discussing the features of an object.
-for giving further information about an object which may not be crucial to your text but it is of interest and can demonstrate the depth of your research.
-to cite important scholarly publications so that your reader knows you have consulted the major sources of information in your field of research.

Please follow the instructions given.
I will provide a selection of suggested books for the essay.

Books with:
***Highly recommended
** Recommended
* Moderately useful
no star not essential.


ALLAN, J.W *** Islamic Cermics, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 1991
** Medieval Middle Eastern Pottery, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 1971
ATASOY, N. & RABY, J ** Iznik, London 1989
ATILE, E. Ceramics from the World of Islam, Baltimore, 1973
CAIGER-SMITH A. * Lustre Pottery: Technique, Tradition and Innovation in Islam and the Western World, London 1985
CARSWELL, J. * Blue and White; Chinese Porcelain and its Impact on the Western World, Chicago, 1985
Iznik Pottery, London, 1997
DEWSETT, C.J.F. The Kuthaya Tiles & Pottery in the Armenian Catherdral of St. James, Jerusalem, 2 vols., Oxford 1972
POTER, Y. * The Art of the Islamic Tile, 2002
FEHERVARI, G. * Islamic Pottery, A Comprehensive Study based on the Barlow Collection, London 1997
* La Ceramica Islamica, Milano, 1985
Ceramics of the Islamic World in the Tareq Rajab Museum, London 2000
MASON, R. * Tamerlanes Tableware, Toronto 1996
GRUBE, E * Islamic Pottery of the 8th to the 15th Century in the Keir Collection, London, 1976 **
** Cobalt and Lustre; The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery, London 1994
LANE, A. ** Early Islamic Pottery, London, 1947
** Later Islamic Pottery, London, 1957 & 1971
MASON, R.B. Shine Like the SunL Lustre Painted Pottery, ROM 2004
MOTA, M.M. Loucas Seljucidas, Lisbon 1988
PHILON, H. * Early Islamic Ceramics, Benaki Museum, London, 1980
PORTER, V. *** Islamic Tiles, British Museum, London, 1995
* Medieval Syrian Pottery, Oxford, 1981
WATSON, O. ** Persian Lustre Ware, London, 1985
*** Ceramics from the Islamic Lands London 2004
WILKINSON, C.K. Nishapur: Pottery of the Early Islamic Period, New York 1973


CARBONI, S. ** Glass of the Sultans, New York 2001
*** Glass from Islamic Lands, London 2001
CLAIRMONT, C.W. Catalogue of Ancient & Islamic Glass Benaki Museum, Athens Persian Glass, Tokoyo, 1977
GOLDSTEIN, S.M. ** Glass: from Sasanian Antecedents to European Imitations, London 2005
HASSON, R. * Early Islamic Glass, Jerusalem, 1979
KROGER, J. Nishapur, Glass of the Early Islamic Period, New York, 1995
LAMM, C. Oriental Glass, Stockholm, 1941
OLIVER, A. Jr. Ancient Glass in the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1980
PINDER-WILSON, R. * Masterpieces of Glass, British Museum, 1968
TAIT, H. (ed.) * Five Thousand Years of Glass, British Museum 1991
WARD, R. * Gilded and Enamelled Glass from the Middle East, London 1998

Feel Free to use less than 20 Sources or More sources. I put 20 just in case you need to use many books and illustrations.
Use the sources I have recommended for the essay. I will have more sources for you in a few days.
Please dont use very hard and complicated vocabulary. My second language is English. Make the essay Concise and understandable.