This beautifully presented and illustrated, ground breaking book explores a different side of ceramics. Here we see ceramics used as a tool to make social or political comment. The book showcases the work of 228 ceramists from over 30 countries. The international flavour adds to the variety of work.
The book is divided into chapters such as War and Politics, the Environment, Social and Human Condition, Gender Issues and Popular Culture. The work is thought provoking, but not always pleasant to look at - it's not what you would perhaps want to see in your living room. I found the head of Victor Jara by James Scully, entitled 'Now Sing' haunting. For those who do not know, Jara was a singer, beaten to death by the Pinochet regime in Chile.
There is not a single piece in this book that I like. Having said that, are we supposed to like confrontational ceramics? The aim of the book is to provoke reaction, to get the grey cells working and it does that.