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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to contemporary ceramics
This is a very good book on the history of contemporary (studio) ceramics in Britain. It runs from the 1870's and the foundations of studio pottery through Leach, Hamada, Rie and Coper all the way through to the latest contemporary potters De Waal and Spira and many others. Most potters discussed have pictures of their work included and the quality of these pictures is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars British studio ceramics: a
If what you are looking for is a historical account that relays and consolidates a narrow perspective on British studio ceramic history, you will not find anything to object to in this book. The works illustrated and described correspond more or less to the works the author has been engaging and dealing with as a collector and gallerist.
If, however, you think that a...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to contemporary ceramics, 22 Nov 2006
This review is from: British Studio Ceramics (Hardcover)
This is a very good book on the history of contemporary (studio) ceramics in Britain. It runs from the 1870's and the foundations of studio pottery through Leach, Hamada, Rie and Coper all the way through to the latest contemporary potters De Waal and Spira and many others. Most potters discussed have pictures of their work included and the quality of these pictures is generally very good. One final nice touch is a list of potters marks at the back. Recommended reading for any one with a passing interest in arts and crafts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars British studio ceramics: a, 30 July 2012
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If what you are looking for is a historical account that relays and consolidates a narrow perspective on British studio ceramic history, you will not find anything to object to in this book. The works illustrated and described correspond more or less to the works the author has been engaging and dealing with as a collector and gallerist.
If, however, you think that a book about British studio ceramics should explore alternative to the consensus established on the reputations and values promoted by Bernard Leach and the St Ives school, the book will seem rather narrow and parochial -- not to say insular in a nationalist sense -- in the way it lessens or, rather, ignores the significance of alternative developments on the continent (with their emphasis on color and textured glazes ), and fail to consider how the course of ceramic history in Britain may have taken a different turn, had certain experiments carried out in France by people like Carriès, Delaherche, Dalpayrat and others -- available in the collection of the V & A, through a bequest made during WW1, but not displayed or publicized -- had been made known to studio potters and to the general public in the UK.
Having acknowledged these severe limitations the book has its purpose, for reference, but needs to be challenged in its assumptions, if you want to acquire an international rather than an insular perspective on British studio ceramics..
No revision of British studio ceramic history, however, can be inspired by this fundamentally conservative account; except as a reaction against it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant referencing, 8 Jun 2013
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The book tells you all what you wanted to know and more.
have spent days looking at it. will keep it now until my fasination with ceramics has gone
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