Country Living Irish Country Decorating: Decorating with Pottery, Fabric & Furniture

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9780688165017: Country Living Irish Country Decorating: Decorating with Pottery, Fabric & Furniture

Irish country style comes alive in this illustrated introduction to the pottery, textiles, and furniture that comprise Irish decorating and interior design

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Nicholas Mosse is a successful ceramics artist whose work is sold all over the world from his County Kilkenny studio. Here he acknowledges the inspiration for his pleasing pottery: the understated and softly colorful style of the Irish countryside, which is a perfect foil for trendy flea-market accessories as well as for the classically simple lines of Shaker and Georgian furnishings.

Though this is a beautiful coffee-table volume, there's far more here than pretty pictures alone. Mosse approaches Irish style from the vantage point of a collector, emphasizing the fascinating history of the handcrafts of this region, like spongeware, linen and cotton woven textiles, quilts, and rustic furniture like the sugan chairs with straw seats that grace many an Irish pub. Attractive and reasonably simple examples of each craft are given as projects, though they are suitable mainly for those experienced with some basic techniques such as the transfer of template patterns, jigsaw cutting, and the like. --Barrie Trinkle

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Nicholas Mosse studied ceramics in London and Japan before founding the Nicholas Mosse Pottery. His work has appeared in many American and British magazines, including Country Living, Homes & Gardens, and Bon Appetit. He is one of the world's most successful potters, with extensive sales in the United States. He and his wife, Susan, live in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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