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The first ever book to provide a comprehensive history of British pottery, The Potter's Art traces its remarkable development all the way from the rudimentary pots of the Middle Ages to the sophisticated art of today's studio potters. Beginning with the peasant potter, Garth Clark moves on to describe the development of style and fashion under the renowned industrialist Josiah Wedgwood. He also examines the work of the artist-potters William De Morgan and the Martin brothers, and the studio potters Bernard Leach and Lucie Rie. Focusing particularly on the distinctly human angle to the craft, the author brings the potters' personalities to life by describing their working conditions, lifestyles and characters. For all collectors and potters, this indispensable survey, with a bibliography, chronology and glossary, sheds new light on the history of British pottery. For anyone with a sense of aestheticism or a general interest in the arts, this is an absorbing introduction to perhaps the most fundamental artistic medium in the history of civilization.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714843889
ISBN-10: 0714843881
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 32mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Garth Clark

Garth Clark is a leading authority on modern and contemporary ceramics, and is the author of some 30 books and more than 100 essays, reviews and articles on the subject. He founded the Ceramic Arts Foundation in 1979, and directs two galleries, in New York and Los Angeles, specializing in ceramic art.

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