Things of Beauty Growing British Studio Pottery Glenn Adamson, Martina Droth, Simon Olding, Glenn Adamson, Alison Britton, Kimberley Chandler, Edward Cooke, Penelope Curtis, Tanya Harrod, Imogen Hart, Sequoia Miller, Simon Olding, Julian Stair

Publication date:
05 Sep 2017
Yale University Press
472 pages: 279 x 229mm
316 color illus.
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For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel—such as bowl, vase, and charger—that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William Staite Murray, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, and others, many published here for the first time. Rounding out the beautifully illustrated volume is an interview with renowned collector John Driscoll and approximately fifty illustrated short biographies of significant makers.

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Accompanies an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art.
The exhibition travels to the UK in spring 2018, opening at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in March.

Glenn Adamson is senior research scholar and Martina Droth is deputy director of research and curator of sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Simon Olding is director of the Crafts Study Centre and professor of modern crafts at the University for the Creative Arts, UK.

“Combining sumptuous photography with scholarly essays, this book is a heavyweight in more than one sense.”—Laura Breen, Decorative Arts Society Newsletter

Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery was chosen to receive the 2018 ACC Book Award.

Winner of the 2019 the Historians of British Art Award, multi- author category

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