The first ever book to provide a comprehensive history of British pottery, The Potter's Art traces its remarkable development all the way from the rudimentary pots of the Middle Ages to the sophisticated art of today's studio potters. Beginning with the peasant potter, Garth Clark moves on to describe the development of style and fashion under the renowned industrialist Josiah Wedgwood. He also examines the work of the artist-potters William De Morgan and the Martin brothers, and the studio potters Bernard Leach and Lucie Rie. Focusing particularly on the distinctly human angle to the craft, the author brings the potters' personalities to life by describing their working conditions, lifestyles and characters. For all collectors and potters, this indispensable survey, with a bibliography, chronology and glossary, sheds new light on the history of British pottery. For anyone with a sense of aestheticism or a general interest in the arts, this is an absorbing introduction to perhaps the most fundamental artistic medium in the history of civilization.
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Garth Clark is a leading authority on modern and contemporary ceramics, and is the author of some 30 books and more than 100 essays, reviews and articles on the subject. He founded the Ceramic Arts Foundation in 1979, and directs two galleries, in New York and Los Angeles, specializing in ceramic art.From Library Journal:
Not merely a catalog of the overfamiliar blue-and-white Wedgewood that we instinctively think of as British ceramics, this is a lively chronicle with a readable text complemented by hundreds of colorful photographs. Noted gallery owner Clark (The Book of Cups, Abbeville, 1990) has arranged his history into four sections to create a sensible narrative. The short section on peasant pottery, ranging from the Neolithic to the 19th century, is overbalanced by an excellent discussion of the industrial potters and their transformation of the role pottery occupied in daily life. The somewhat artificial distinction between the sections on artist potters and studio potters doesn't impede an examination of the works of Leach, DeMorgan, Cardew, Rie, and dozens of other prominent and obscure potters. The reasoned text, opulent illustrations, and tight focus on pottery vessels combine to produce one of the finest general works on British ceramics. For academic and large public library art collections.
David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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