Studio Ceramics: British Studio Pottery 1900 to Now

Thames & Hudson. Jun. 2023. 416p. ISBN 9780500480892. $85. FINE ARTS
Many contemporary ceramicists, both in the United States and in Great Britain, can trace their influences in the craft to British studio potters such as Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew. Graves, senior curator of ceramics and glass from 1900 to the present at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has compiled a comprehensive catalogue of 20th-century British ceramics. Containing more than 900 illustrations, this volume introduces readers to the evolution of pottery in the 20th century with an extensive catalogue of studio potters represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum and their contributions to the art. The entries are presented alphabetically, with each containing a brief biography and the artist’s experience, accompanied by thumbnails of representative ceramics. Following an essay by Graves giving historical context and influences, is an illustrated timeline highlighting examples by decade from the beginning of the 20th century to the present.
VERDICT A comprehensive reference book on contemporary British pottery that would be an excellent addition to an academic library with a strong art program. Ceramics lovers will find this book to be quite a feast.
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