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Lark Books has been publishing its "500" series of picture albums of contemporary crafts for several years; these volumes follow the standard format closely. The production process goes like this: craft artists submit photos of their work for inclusion in an upcoming book on a particular subset of their métier. An editorial team then selects from these 500 (or 400, or 1000, depending on the series) photos, and each artwork gets a page with details of size and construction as well as the occasional artist statement; there is no other accompanying text. The publisher's intention is to democratically represent the creative scene at the particular moment of the book's publication. The books in this series meet that intention, but readers should bear in mind that only those artists who see the publisher's call for photos and can read the language in which it is written are represented. Case in point: in Metal Vessels, artists from both South Korea and Taiwan are well represented, but those from Japan and Great Britain are absent. Japanese craft artists are also missing from Handmade Dolls, a particularly glaring absence. That said, the works of the artists who arerepresented are all inventive and carefully crafted. Both the original photography and the printing are of high quality. While both books will appeal to craft collectors, Handmade Dollswill reach a broader public than will Metal Vessels, which seems aimed more toward metalworkers and design professionals.