The Potter's Art: A Complete History of Pottery in Britain

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The first book to provide a comprehensive overview of British pottery, The Potter's Art traces this remarkable history from the rudimentary pots of the Middle Ages to the intellectually ambitious art of today's studio potters. Beginning with the peasant potter, Garth Clark moves on to describe the development of style and fashion under Josiah Wedgwood. He also examines the work of the artist-potters William De Morgan and the Martin brothers, and the studio potters Bernard Leach and Lucie Rie. Focusing particularly on the human angle, the author brings the potters to life by describing their working conditions, lifestyles and characters.

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The author of some thirty books and more than 100 seminal essays, reviews and articles on modern and contemporary ceramics, Garth Clark is a leading authority on the subject. He founded the Ceramic Arts Foundation in 1979, and directs two galleries, in New York and Los Angeles, specializing in ceramic art.

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Not merely a catalog of the overfamiliar blue-and-white Wedgewood that we instinctively think of as British ceramics, this is a lively chronicle with a readable text complemented by hundreds of colorful photographs. Noted gallery owner Clark (The Book of Cups, Abbeville, 1990) has arranged his history into four sections to create a sensible narrative. The short section on peasant pottery, ranging from the Neolithic to the 19th century, is overbalanced by an excellent discussion of the industrial potters and their transformation of the role pottery occupied in daily life. The somewhat artificial distinction between the sections on artist potters and studio potters doesn't impede an examination of the works of Leach, DeMorgan, Cardew, Rie, and dozens of other prominent and obscure potters. The reasoned text, opulent illustrations, and tight focus on pottery vessels combine to produce one of the finest general works on British ceramics. For academic and large public library art collections.
David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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