'Another title to add to the excellent list of Shire publications and a handy, at a glance, reference and introduction to Art Deco Ceramics. This little publication explains how Art Deco, deriving from 'art decoratif' in reference to the French style that dominated the decorative arts of both Europe and America between the wars, rejected the earlier twisting naturalistic forms of the Art Nouveau period and turned to a more geometric and symmetrical format.... A great resume of the foremost designers of the day, giving a concise illustration of their careers and examples of the wares that they produced. The main manufacturers of Art Deco are then discussed showing the styles and decoration adopted together with identification of same. All the above being supported with plenty of excellent colour illustrations of the wares produced.' -- Newsletter of the Northern Ceramic Society, September 1998
'This Informative book is all that it should be; informative, helpful, easy to follow, it gives a comprehensive picture of inter-war ceramics going back to its Arts and Crafts roots. Even in the case of Wedgwood, the origins of its Fairyland series are to be found in the illustrations of Edmund Dulac. The book sets Art Deco Ceramics within the wider Movement, particularly the Paris 1925 Exhibition and its influence. Highly stylised ceramics with acutely angled handles and vivid colours became synonymous with Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper. This was the beginning of the designer's name taking precedence over that of the manufacturer. The book also does the excellent job of setting firms such as Charlotte Rhead, Shelley Ware and Crown Devon in the context of the period. Stevenson also relates the influences on ceramics to the changes taking place within design and furniture manufacturing. Of course the greatest success of ceramics was that all could afford their own individual piece of Art Deco' -- Mark Albrook, The Twentieth Century Society Magazine, Winter 1999
From the Author
Potty about 1930s Ceramics? The book for you.
Clarice Cliff? Susie Cooper? Keith Murray? Charlotte Rhead? Eric Slater? Daisy Makeig Jones? John Skeaping?
Want to know more? Well this is the book for you. My PhD is in 1930s British ceramics, and frankly I got fed up with some of the 'tripe' written in other books and the high cost of them. That is why I wrote this affordable text that introduces all the big names with colour illustrations. One of the best sellers from Shire, you won't be disappointed.
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Don't forget to check out my new book - The 1930s Home
Greg Stevenson Research Fellow, University of Wales