Interceram - International Ceramic Review

, Volume 65, Issue 4–5, pp 156–165 | Cite as

Pigments through the Ages

  • F. HabashiEmail author
Ceramics Forum


Pigments have been used since ancient times to make coloured drawings and visually adorn glass and ceramics. The article gives an extensive review of the history of minerals as basic materials for the application as pigments. Already in praehistoric times coloured minerals were used in animal paintings in caves. With the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century the so-called alchemists researched on the preparation of synthetic pigments for several uses. Pigments for colouring glasses, particular for Bohemian glasses conclude the overview.


pigments minerals chemical composition glass history 


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Selected readings

  1. Lewis, P.A. (ed.): Pigment Handbook, 3 volumes. Wiley-Interscience, New York (1988)Google Scholar
  2. Habashi, F.: Readings in Historical Metallurgy, vol. 2, Metallurgie Extractive Québec, Canada [in press]. Distributed by Laval University Bookstore,

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials EngineeringLaval UniversityQuebec CityCanada

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