Contemporary British Studio Ceramics

ISBN: 9780300167191
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): Annie Carlano
Format: hardback
Year published: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 176
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour


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In Britain today the output of excellent ceramics seems more eclectic than elsewhere. This stylish and wide-ranging survey comprises examples of clay art by one hundred major artists, covering the period from the late 1980s through 2009. Drawn from the Diane and Marc Grainer Collection, it includes works by Allison Britton, Edmund de Waal, Kate Malone, Grayson Perry, Julian Stair, Steve Dixon, and Nick Arroyave-Portela, among others. The selection balances functional objects and sculpture; hand-built, thrown, and moulded techniques; varieties of scale and colour; and cerebral and emotional content. All the ceramics here are rooted in the materiality of clay. The properties of the raw material, from its soft, malleable texture to the alchemy of slips and glazes, are at the core of the artists passion. And, as the text reveals, the younger generation is moving into new directions of art practice. Published in conjunction with the inaugural exhibition at the Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, NC.


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