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British Studio Ceramics Hardcover – 23 Sep 2002

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (23 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861265298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861265296
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.3 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Paul Rice, a native New Yorker, has lived in London since 1970. Introduced to studio ceramics by the painter, Patrick Heron, he began collecting in the 1970s and in 1979 opened a gallery specialising in important modern British ceramics. Paul has arranged exhibitions of many of Britain's finest potters, lectured, advised museums on exhibitions and acquisitions and written numerous articles.


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Superb book,excellent condition.Been looking for a copy for ages.Very fast delivery.
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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 31 Mar. 2014
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Excellent book for collectors or students. Gives a brief history of each potter and their influences/mentors along with a nice large (full page or half page) color photograph of each potters work. Includes a selected bibliography, potters marks, index of terms and list of public collections of British studio ceramics and an index. Potters looking for design and glazing inspiration will find a diverse range of great pots. Does NOT give glaze recipes, but talks about the glazes. Supposed to be the potters "everyday pots" not just their famous, often photographed ones, but Bernard Leech's "leaping salmon" vase is included (I love that pot). At the back of the book, includes small photos of up and coming potters with smaller photos (quarter page). Overall a great "general" reference book, without getting too specific. If you want more in-depth on each potter, go to the books in the bibliography.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Feb. 2015
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Excellent reference book
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Thank you 6 Nov. 2014
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As described . Great book . Thank you !
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE 11 Dec. 2012
By Debop - Published on Amazon.com
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Informative with beautiful photographs of some phenomenal works of British studio pottery. Nice reference and coffee table book at a decent price.
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