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Reinventing craft in China : the contemporary politics of Yixing zisha ceramics

Author: Geoffrey Gowlland
Publisher: Canon Pyon : Sean Kingston Publishing, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How does a craft reinvent itself as "traditional" following cultural, social and political upheaval? In the township of Dingshu, Jiangsu province of China, artisans produce zisha or Yixing teapots that have been highly valued for centuries. Yet in twentieth- century socialist imagination, handicrafts were an anomaly in a modern society. The Maoist government had clear ambitions to transform the country by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Gowlland
ISBN: 190777498X 9781907774980
OCLC Number: 1029312896
Description: viii, 188 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements; Notes on transliteration and names; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Craft and industry in Dingshu; Chapter 3 Creating value in the zisha `art world'; Chapter 4 Learning in the factory and in the household; Chapter 5 Engaging with the craft; Chapter 6 Style, names and authenticity; Chapter 7 Mastery and singularization; Chapter 8 Conclusion; Glossary; References; Index.
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A study of the reinvention of Zisha ceramics, after disbanding of communist era factory co-operatives and the reintroduction of family businesses based on artisan workshops. This work explores new  Read more...

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Gowlland takes his reader on a captivating journey into a world of craftwork that has undergone seismic change since the era of Chairman Mao. A combination of rich ethnography, refined analysis and Read more...

 
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