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British Studio Ceramics Hardcover – 23 Sep 2002
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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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have spent days looking at it. will keep it now until my fasination with ceramics has gone
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.