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From the Publisher"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
"In capturing the spirit and growth of a cultural phenomenon over a fifty-year period, Choosing Craft has the value of a time capsule."
"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
"Craft assumes many roles in modern life, but the most important has always been the hardest to grasp: the part that craft plays in the lives of its practitioners. This beautifully researched compendium affords a wealth of insights into those personal narratives. Some texts here are well-known classics; others are exciting new discoveries, taken from archives or interviews. Some radiate political conviction, others quiet humility. All are worth reading. This is an essential book for those who want to understand the American craft movement."
-Glenn Adamson, Victoria and Albert Museum, author of Thinking Through Craft
"Focuses on artists' experiences and opinions as a primary resource for craft scholarship. . . . [Contains] valuable and enjoyable conversations on craft."
"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."
"A lively range of opinions. . . .With an index that reveals a fascinating matrix of arguments, milestones, and professional networks."
"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."
Amusing, controversial, enlightening, and witty, Choosing Craft engaged me so deeply I felt I was having direct conversations with the craftspeople themselves. I applaud the editors' passion for the topic and their thoughtful handling of an array of primary materials. This will become an essential volume in the emerging field of craft history."
-Sandra Alfoldy, author of Crafting Identity: The Development of Professional Fine Craft in Canada
"These artists' perceptions of themselves and of the craft field as garnered from personal experience make Choosing Craft a valuable book for anyone serious about craft, from art lovers and collectors to students to people interested in design and history."
-Howard Risatti, author of A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression