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20th Century Ceramics (World of Art) [Paperback]

Edmund de Waal
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3 Nov 2003 World of Art
Ceramics have kept pace with - or even led - new movements in art, from Art Nouveau, Art Deco, the Bauhaus and Futurism, through Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Performance, to Land Art and Installation Art. From orientalism and colour theory to modernism, postmodernism and the profuse diversity of approaches that has characterized the end of the 20th century, this book covers Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, the USA and Japan. The work of exceptional individuals is appraised - including Taxile Doat, Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Bernard Leach, Isamu Noguchi, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Peter Voulkos and Adrian Saxe. The use of ceramics in other disciplines is given close attention: sculptors such as Antony Gormley and Tony Cragg, and even architects, including Frank Gehry, have made ceramics central to their practice.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; First Edition Softcover edition (3 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500203717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500203712
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edmund de Waal describes himself as a 'potter who writes'. His porcelain has been displayed in many museum collections around the world and he has recently made a huge installation for the dome of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Edmund was apprenticed as a potter, studied in Japan, and read English Literature at Cambridge University. 'The Hare with Amber Eyes', a journey through the history of a family in objects, is his most personal book.

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Edmund de Waal is a leading ceramicist, with work in many private and public collections. He has written one other book, Bernard Leach (Tate Publishing, 2000).

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3.0 out of 5 stars 20TH CENTURY CERAMICS 29 Jan 2012
An interesting text but I was disappointed with size of the book and the illustrations.It also seems a bit irregular jumping from one period to another...perhaps because I've read it in bits !I think it's the sort of book that will grow on me ,but I wish I'd bought the other De Val book on Pottery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasing book 11 April 2013
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Beautiful and informative book. Excellent photographs. Only slight disappointment is that it does not show potter's marks. Perhaps not the intention but it would complete the information and provide a valuable reference wherever applicable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do not expect to see any work by the author 11 Oct 2014
By M-E Raw
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I got this for a present for a friend but although it is written by Edmund Duval it doesn't have any of his ceramics in it. It is very interesting and beautifully laid out and illustrated and is of interest to anyone interested in modern ceramics, which I am.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really Potty Book! 26 July 2009
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When you do your City and Guilds in Ceramics, there's the fun side - namely the art and design and clay work, and then there's HOMEWORK...ugh
Once you have your Certificate, you then go for the Diploma and then the homework includes filling an A3 portfolio on the last 100 years of cermamics, and yet another portfolio on your 12 chosen potters.
To succeed in the project this book is an absolute must. I also bought Miller's 20th Century Ceramics and now the task doesn't seem so daunting - I've made notes from the books. It's just a question of finding the right moment to start the homework......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 2 Jan 2008
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This is a great book for understanding ceramics of the 20th century. It is well written and has excellent photographic images. For each era several artists are given which enables you to take your study further. This book is a good foundation book from which to begin and expand your study of ceramic history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literature in unexpected places 15 Aug 2012
By Roberta S. Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
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Edmund de Waal is the same man who wrote The Hare with Amber Eyes so it shouldn't have been a surprise that he was capable of bringing a history of ceramics to life. Because he is an ceramist himself he owns his subject. Read this book if you're interested in ceramics or just read this because he writes so well.
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