Choosing Craft: The Artist's Viewpoint / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume explores the history and practice of American craft through the words of influential artists whose lives, work, and ideas have shaped the field. Editors Halper and Douglas construct an anecdotal narrative that examines the post-World War II development of modern craft. The book is organized according to four activities that ground a professional life in craft—inspiration, training, economics, and philosophy. Halper and Douglas mined artists' published writings, letters, journal entries, exhibition statements, lecture notes, and oral histories to create this detailed record that is essentially a social history of craft. Oversize, with 50 illus.
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Editorial Reviews

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"A rare book in the developing field of craft history, as it frames the issues surrounding craft through artists' eyes. Reading this book is akin to hanging out at a craft workshop and having heart-to-heart talks with the people on the ground creating the movement. . . . Inspires, provokes and reminds us that today's debates have long roots."--Journal of Modern Craft

"In capturing the spirit and growth of a cultural phenomenon over a fifty-year period, Choosing Craft has the value of a time capsule."--Surface Design

"A fascinating read. . . . The opinions of the featured makers are deeply felt and at times profound. . . . [Opens] up an enticing window onto this diverse and fascinating field of study."--The Journal of William Morris Studies

"This collection forces the reader, in a positive fashion, to look more deeply at American craftsmanship and the very talented people who helped define it. . . . I left this book with a much greater understanding of post-war American craft and a deeper appreciation of the various fields of craftwork and the people who have shaped its history."--Journal of Folklore Research

"Will interest a wide range of readers, from beginners to collectors to historians. An informal but informative overview, it will be useful as assigned or recommended reading for students in crafts classes."--Choice

"Focuses on artists' experiences and opinions as a primary resource for craft scholarship. . . . [Contains] valuable and enjoyable conversations on craft."--American Craft

"A lively range of opinions. . . .With an index that reveals a fascinating matrix of arguments, milestones, and professional networks."-- Fiberarts

"An important contribution to the cultural history of American craft. . . . Offers readers . . . substantial pleasures and revelations."--Ceramics Monthly

"A multifaceted record of the American craft movement from 1945 to the present day. . . . In addition to being a good read, the book is an important historical record. . . . The only thing I want from this intelligent collection is to have even more of it."--Crafts

"Explores a wealth of media. The book's most distinguishing feature is its emphasis on the commonalities and hardships faced by artists; from pursuing an art education to the challenges of business and marketing. . . . This insightful work offers inspiration for aspiring artists."--WNC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807831199
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki Halper is an independent curator and writer and former associate curator of modern art at Seattle Art Museum.

Diane Douglas is executive director of Seattle CityClub and former director of the Bellevue Arts Museum.

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