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The ceramics reader.

Author: Kevin Petrie; Andrew Livingstone
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic 2017.
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The Ceramics Reader is an impressive collection of essays and text extracts which covers all the key areas of ceramics - both past and present. It focuses on thoughts and discussions within ceramics from the last 20-30 years in particular, but also gives the reader a broad overview of the last 100 years. One aim of the book is to introduce contemporary debates, raise awareness and stimulate thought rather than to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Petrie; Andrew Livingstone
ISBN: 9781472584427 1472584422
OCLC Number: 955313419
Description: 704 pages
Contents: General Introduction - Livingstone and Petrie Pen and Kiln: a brief overview of modern ceramics and critical writing - Garth Clark Section One: Ceramics: Materiality and MetaphorSection Introduction - Livingstone and Petrie 1.1 Why are ceramics important? Introductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie1. Clay as elemental wholeness - Kenneth R. Beittel 2. The existential base - Philip Rawson3. Appreciating ceramics or so much more than just an egg cup or a milk jug - Ian Wilson 4. Containers of Life: Pottery and Social Relations in the Grassfields (Cameroon) - Silvia Forni 5. Ceramics and art criticism - Janet Koplos 6. Death and Clay: Cultural and personal Interpretations in ceramics - Christopher Garcia and Tomaru Haruna 1.2 Ceramics and metaphorIntroductory summary Livingstone and Petrie7. Heart like a wheel: What is Hollywood telling us about working with clay? - Sarah Archer8. Analogy and metaphor in ceramic art - Philip Rawson 9. Metaphors, Myths and Making Pots - Laurel Birch Aguilar 10.Sculptural Vessels across the great divide: Tony Cragg's Laibe and the metaphors of clay Imogen Racz Section Two: Ceramics in Context Section Introduction Livingstone and Petrie 2.1 Historical PrecedentsIntroductory summary Livingstone and Petrie11.The function of decoration: Wedgwood Herbert Read - 12.The Arts and Crafts Movement. GB, USA, Germany and Austria, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, Hungary and Italy Emmanuel Cooper 13.A Matter of Tradition: A Debate Between Maguerite Wildenhain and Bernard Leach Brent Johnson 14.Contemporary design of the 1950's Rie and Coper in context Lesley Jackson 2.2 Studio CeramicsIntroductory summary Livingstone and Petrie15.Studio Pottery - Tanya Harrod 16.Towards a standard - Bernard Leach 17.Towards a Double Standard? - Edmund De Waal 18.Re-inventing the wheel - the origins of studio pottery - Julian Stair 19.The Archie Bray Foundation: A Legacy Reframed - Patricia Failing 20.Studio Ceramics: The end of the story? - Jeffrey Jones 2.3 Sculptural CeramicsIntroductory summary Livingstone and Petrie21.A Rough Equivalent: Sculpture and Pottery in the post war period - Jeffrey Jones 22.California (Funk) - Scott, A, Shields 23.Cooled Matter: Ceramic Sculpture in the expanded field - Mitchell Merback24.The New Ceramic Presence - Rose Slivka 25.Metamorphosis: the culture of ceramics - Martina Margetts 26.Antony Gormley in conversation with James Putnam - James Putnam 2.4. Ceramics and Installation Introductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie27.Ceramics and Installation - Emma Shaw 28.Ceramic Installation Towards a self-definition - Ruth Chambers29.Multiplicity, Ambivalence and ceramic installation art - Glenn R Brown 2.5 Theoretical Perspectives31.Reconsidering `The Pissoir Problem' - Bruce Metcalf32. The Modern Pot - Glenn Adamson33. Social Complexity and the historiography of ceramic - Paul Greenhalgh 34. Speak for yourself - Edmund De Waal 35. Object Theory - Paul Mathieu 36. Between a toilet and a hard place - Garth Clark 2.6 Conceptual and post studio practiceIntroductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie37. Manufacturing Validity; the ceramic work in the age of conceptual production - Lizzie Zucker Saltz38. On Dirt - Ingrid Schaffner39. Contemporary Clay - Clare Twomey 40. Elastic/Expanding; Contemporary Conceptual Ceramics - Jo Dahn 41. Extending Vocabularies: Distorting the ceramic familiar - clay and the performative `other' - Andrew Livingstone 42. And into the Fire post studio ceramics in Britain - Glenn Adamson Section Three: Key Themes Section Introduction - Livingstone and Petrie 3.1 Gender, Sexuality and CeramicsIntroductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie43. Gender, Identity and studio ceramics - Moira Vincentelli 44. Queering the Museum - Matt Smith 45. The Personal Political Pots of Grayson Perry - Louisa Buck & Marjan Boot 3.2 Identity and CeramicsIntroductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie46. Body language: ceramics to challenge the white world - Ruth Park 47. Rubber and Clay: South African material `aftermodern' - Elisabeth Perrill 48. Plunder Me Baby - Kukuli Velarde and the ceramics of Taiwan's first nations: Virtual Ventriloquism as articulated in the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale - Wendy Gers 3.3 Image Introductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie50. Ceramics and painting - an expanded field of enquiry - Veronika Horlik 51. Paul Scott's Confected landscapes and Contemporary Vignettes - Amy Gogarty 3.4 The bodyIntroductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie52. Embracing Sculptural Ceramics: a lived experience of touch in art - Bonnie Kemske 53. Vicious Figurines: Penny Byrne's Ceramic Advocacy - Inga Walton 54. The Figurative Impulse in Contemporary Ceramics - Peter Selz 3.5 Ceramics in educationIntroductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie55. The influence of educational institutions on contemporary ceramics - Andrea Gill 56. The Digital Future: Reimagining Ceramic Education in the 21st Century - Holly Hanessian 3.6 Ceramics, industry and new technologiesIntroductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie57.Transitions: A brief history of Modern Ceramics - Marek Cecula 58. National Identity and the problem of style in the post-war British ceramics Industry - Graham McLaren59. Continuity or Collapse: Ceramics in a post-industrial era - Jorunn Veiteberg 60. The UK marketing strategy in response to globalization c1990-2010 - Neil Ewins 61. Meta-making and me - Ingrid Murphy 3.7 Museum, site and displayIntroductory summary - Livingstone and Petrie62. Museums and the interstices of domestic life; Re-articulating domestic space in contemporary ceramics practice - Laura Gray 63. The museum as medium specific muse - Ezra Shales 64. Environment, art, ceramics, and site specificity - Brad Evan Taylor 65. When forms become attitude - A consideration of the adoption by an artist of ceramic display as narrative device and symbolic landscape - Mike Tooby 66. Why Clay? - James Beighton and Emily Hesse 67. Civic ceramics: shifting the centre of meaning - Natasha Mayo and Melania Warwick 68. Ceramics as an archaeology of the contemporary past - Christopher McHugh 69. Re-defining ceramics through exhibitionary practice - Laura Breen Index
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The Ceramics Reader is an impressive collection of essays and text extracts which covers all the key areas of ceramics - both past and present. It focuses on thoughts and discussions within ceramics from the last 20-30 years in particular, but also gives the reader a broad overview of the last 100 years. One aim of the book is to introduce contemporary debates, raise awareness and stimulate thought rather than to present a closed case for examination. Consequently the essays or extracts present different approaches to give a rounded viewpoint. Beginning with essential questions such as 'Why are ceramics important?' it also considers the field of ceramics from a range of perspectives - as a cultural activity, ceramics as metaphor, where it sits within arts and crafts, within gender discussions, ceramics as sculpture, the use of ceramics as a vehicle for propaganda, ceramics within industry, within museums, and most recently as part of the 'expanded field' as a Fine Art medium and vehicle for ideas.

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