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Craft in America : celebrating two centuries of artists and objects

Author: Jo Lauria; Steve Fenton; Jonathan L Fairbanks; Mark Coir
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book is a companion to the Craft in America PBS television series and to the traveling museum exhibition of the same name. This book shows that craft has never been just about pretty things. It has always been about our things, our inheritance, our personal collections. It is about functionality, about identity, about conceptual thinking, about fun and experiment.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jo Lauria; Steve Fenton; Jonathan L Fairbanks; Mark Coir
ISBN: 0307346471 9780307346476
OCLC Number: 74029341
Description: 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Communities of culture. Religious communities and the honoring of the handmade --
The arts and crafts movement in America, 1890-1930 --
Native communities--indigenous crafts by American Indians --
Communities of heritage--southern contributions --
pt. 2. Communities of craft teaching. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) --
California College of the Arts --
The Cranbrook vision --
School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology --
Black Mountain College --
Craft schools and residency programs --
pt. 3. The place of craft in America --
The new studio crafts movement --
Shaping craft in an American framework.
Responsibility: Jo Lauria and Steve Fenton ; consulting art historian, Jonathan Leo Fairbanks ; with contributions by Mark Coir [and others] ; prologue by Jimmy Carter.
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This book is a companion to the Craft in America PBS television series and to the traveling museum exhibition of the same name. This book shows that craft has never been just about pretty things. It has always been about our things, our inheritance, our personal collections. It is about functionality, about identity, about conceptual thinking, about fun and experiment.

Companion book to the PBS series of the same name, Craft in America highlights the work of America's craft artists, past and present. Illustrated with more than 200 images and signature objects from furniture, wood, ceramics, and glass, to fiber, quilts, jewelry, metal, and basketry, this work shows how crafts, long admired for their marriage of functionality and creativity, also reflect our nation's history and the remarkable people who passed on their traditions.

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