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British Studio Ceramics in the 20th Century Paul Rice

British Studio Ceramics in the 20th Century - Paul Rice

London: Barrie & Jenkins, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' name to the first blank.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; 2-column text (in part); Appendices [2];

From the cover: “Interest in British studio pottery has increased beyond all recognition in the last ten years. Collectors world-wide now compete avidly for pots by masters such as Leach, Hamada, Cardew, Rie, Coper and Fritsch. One reason for this surge in interest is that parallels can be traced with other types of modern art and, although now rising rapidly in price, pots still cost much less than paintings or sculpture of similar stature. Moreover, for most of the twentieth century British studio ceramics have been the best in the world.

Several works exist on the output of contemporary potters, but, extraordinarily, no book currently available charts the entire history of British twentieth-century studio ceramics. This comprehensive survey traces the development of modern ceramics in Britain from its emergence from the Victorian factories around 1900 to the wide variety of extraordinary work being made in the 1980s. All the best-known potters are examined in depth in terms of their different areas of interest and influence — for example the blend of East and West which gave Bernard Leach’s work such originality, the impact of the Sung influence on the pots of Pleydell-Bouverie and Vyse, the development of organic hand built pots by Duckworth, and Coper’s influence on the students of the Royal College of Art. Many less famous but important potters are also included, and there is an extensive appendix giving full details of over 120 potters and their marks, cross-referenced with a list of museums where their work can be seen,

Profusely illustrated with 150 photographs, 50 of them in colour, and with a glossary of technical terms, this is a book both for committed collectors and for those as yet. unfamiliar with the beauty of this work.”

Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 254 pages.
British Studio Ceramics in the 20th Century Paul Rice