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William De Morgan (Shire Library) Paperback – 10 Feb 2010

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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (10 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747807388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747807384
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 0.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was bought up in Stoke on Trent, surrounded by various ceramics at home (18-19th century commemoratives, Delft, Victorian tiles), and did some student jobs in potbanks before qualifying in medicine. I am a Professor at the University of Warwick, and work on the kidney transplant unit in Coventry. I am the Medical Editor for the National Kidney Federation (www.kidney.org.uk) and a supporter and previous Chief Medical Officer for Transplant Sports UK (www.transplantsport.org.uk). Ceramics continue to be an interest, with books on William De Morgan and Portmeirion Pottery.

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The authors have been passionate about the Arts and Crafts movement for over thirty years; Chris as a young collector appeared with Paul Atterbury on the BBC Antiques Roadshow in the 1980's, while Rob saved his pocket money to spend at the Moorcroft factory in Stoke on Trent, when pre-war seconds were being cleared out in the 1970's. Their passion for William De Morgan and contacts with other collectors has allowed them access to many designs that have not previously been illustrated.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2010
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The book is divided into chapter which reflect different stages in the life of William De Morgan. The photos are all in colour and it is printed on good quality paper.

Introduction. The first chapter puts De Morgan into his industrial and cultural context and gives a brief summary of his personal background and career. It establishes that De Morgan was not merely a potter but one of the leading exponents of a philosophy of design and artefact manufacture.

Early Life. Born in 1839 to parents who were both academic and involved in social reform De Morgan dropped out of college where he was studying Classics and attended art school instead. Glimpses into his character are given by reference to the writings of his contemporaries. Accompanying photographs show designs that may have influenced De Morgan.

William Morris and William De Morgan. Morris and De Morgan met in around 1863 by which time Morris's design and manufacturing company was already established. Meeting Morris introduced De Morgan into a new world of artistic people like Edward Burne-Jones, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, together with a very distinctive design philosophy - the Arts and Crafts movement. The relationship with Morris helped to establish De Morgan as a potter as he provided ceramics for Morris's company.

Chelsea 1872-1881. This chapter explains how the kilns worked and what sort of people were employed in De Morgan's manufacturing business, some of whom remained with him throughout his career. De Morgan's designs at this stage of his life are discussed. Most of the renowned red lustre tiles are more from this period. Some of the commissions he won are described.

Merton Abbey 1882-1888. De Morgan followed Morris to Merton Abbey in South London.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catfan on 23 Mar. 2012
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Informative and beautifully illustrated; another excellent Shire product which pitches the subject matter just right. Plenty of further suggestions where one can read more academic works - but this probably meets most people's needs.
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By Collydog on 2 Jun. 2014
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This is the first book I have bought on William De Morgan and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and looking at the beautiful designs. If you are a fan then this is an excellent starting place to learn about a very undervalued designer.
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