Studio Ceramics (Victoria and Albert Museum): British Studio Pottery 1900 to Now

Alun Graves and Tanya Harrod

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A magnificent catalogue of the V&A's collection of twentieth-century and contemporary British ceramics.

Contemporary ceramicists working in Britain, including Rachel Kneebone, Grayson Perry and Edmund de Waal, are part of a broader international group of artists experimenting with clay, considering how it intersects and works in dialogue with other art forms and with culture at large. Recent experimentation with the medium owes much to the rapid evolution of ceramics into an expanded field, and to the work of mid- to late 20th-century potters and their reinvention of ceramics as a radical and contemporary art practice. The pioneering methods and rethinking of form in the work of exponents such as Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Alan Caiger-Smith – whose reference points were drawn from East Asia, Africa, the ancient Mediterranean and the Middle East as much as from their own heritage – continue to influence and inspire contemporary makers. In his introductory essay, Alun Graves, Senior Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, provides all lovers of ceramics – collectors, practitioners, historians and those interested in modern and contemporary art and crafts – with the historical context, documenting the medium’s shift into an expressive, and sometimes interventionist, art form. An extensive visual catalogue, Studio Ceramics is the primary reference for 20th-century and contemporary British studio ceramics, and a record of the national collection of British ceramics held at the V&A.

Alun Graves is Senior Curator, Ceramics and Glass 1900–now, in the Department of Decorative Art and Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has written widely on 20th and 21st-century British ceramics and sculpture, contributing to a variety of journals, collected papers and exhibition catalogues. He has curated many exhibitions and displays, including Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter (2014–15), Barnaby Barford: The Tower of Babel (2015), and Alison Britton: Content and Form (2016).

Publisher
Thames and Hudson Ltd
ISBN
9780500480892
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
416
Weight (kg)
2.50
Height (in)
28
Width (in)
23.5
Subject
Art , Art - Decorative
Published Date
06 / 04 / 2023

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