Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy

Dietz, Ulysses Grant

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Synopsis: In a culture that has embraced contemporary studio pottery wholeheartedly, surprisingly few books have explored the best ceramic works of the last century in a large, full-colour format. Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy does exactly this under the guidance of Ulysses Grant Dietz, the acclaimed curator of decorative arts at The Newark Museum. This book focuses on the museum's collection of 20th century vessels, which is legendary in curatorial and collecting circles for its age, diversity, quality and continuity. Two hundred colour images were taken specifically for this book by art photographer Richard Goodbody.

From Publishers Weekly: The Newark Museum's curator of decorative arts celebrates stellar ceramics in this catalogue for the museum's February-June 2003 exhibition. The book, Dietz quickly assures his readers, is neither "about art" nor a "chronological history of studio ceramics"; rather, it is dedicated to exploring "what makes great pots," from pots as canvas to pots as sculpture, and from pots that are paragons of form to those that are models of function. He divides his thoughtful analysis into three sections-"The Beautiful Pot," "The Useful Pot" and "The Wise Pot"-each amply illustrated with lush photographs. Featured items, which range from the minimalist and almost primitive to the artful and baroque, include a 1959 pot by a Short Hills, N.J., woman who decorated her piece with a design "inspired by a pattern left on a window after her dog licked it" (and for which the museum paid $12); a teapot in the shape of an ampersand that "pays serious homage" to old world ceramics while boasting a "whimsical, even kitschy approach to design"; and a hand-built stoneware piece depicting an embracing family that looks more like sculpture-or a 3-D line drawing-than traditional pottery. Museum director Mary Sue Sweeney Price notes in her foreword that the Newark Museum's curators have long acquired what some might deem commonplace objects, believing that it is these items that show the interactions between people and "material culture," while ceramics aficionados Garth Clark and Mark Del Veccio ponder "pot madness" in a pleasant introduction. This careful volume is a deserving labor of both love and intelligence.
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