Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy

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"Despite the enormous interest in the works of contemporary studio potters worldwide, surprisingly few books explore the best of these works in a large, full-color format. Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy does exactly that. With a focus on The Newark Museum's collection, it is both a feast for the eyes and a testament to the power of the pot. Striking images and fascinating commentary demonstrate how a small pot can be a masterpiece and how even the most outrageous sculptural vessels of the 1990s share fundamental
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Overview

"Despite the enormous interest in the works of contemporary studio potters worldwide, surprisingly few books explore the best of these works in a large, full-color format. Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy does exactly that. With a focus on The Newark Museum's collection, it is both a feast for the eyes and a testament to the power of the pot. Striking images and fascinating commentary demonstrate how a small pot can be a masterpiece and how even the most outrageous sculptural vessels of the 1990s share fundamental meanings with the craft pots of the 1950s." Two hundred color photographs taken especially for this book invite the reader to explore and relish this collection of truly great pots.
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The Newark Museum's curator of decorative arts celebrates stellar ceramics in this catalogue for the museum's February-June 2003 exhibition. The book, Dietz quickly assures his readers, is neither "about art" nor a "chronological history of studio ceramics"; rather, it is dedicated to exploring "what makes great pots," from pots as canvas to pots as sculpture, and from pots that are paragons of form to those that are models of function. He divides his thoughtful analysis into three sections-"The Beautiful Pot," "The Useful Pot" and "The Wise Pot"-each amply illustrated with lush photographs. Featured items, which range from the minimalist and almost primitive to the artful and baroque, include a 1959 pot by a Short Hills, N.J., woman who decorated her piece with a design "inspired by a pattern left on a window after her dog licked it" (and for which the museum paid $12); a teapot in the shape of an ampersand that "pays serious homage" to old world ceramics while boasting a "whimsical, even kitschy approach to design"; and a hand-built stoneware piece depicting an embracing family that looks more like sculpture-or a 3-D line drawing-than traditional pottery. Museum director Mary Sue Sweeney Price notes in her foreword that the Newark Museum's curators have long acquired what some might deem commonplace objects, believing that it is these items that show the interactions between people and "material culture," while ceramics aficionados Garth Clark and Mark Del Veccio ponder "pot madness" in a pleasant introduction. This careful volume is a deserving labor of both love and intelligence. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893164185
  • Publisher: GUILD, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 11.44 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction: Remarks on Pot Madness 13
Art Uncontained: The Studio Vessel from 1940 to 2002 23
Notes 198
Additional Studio Ceramics in the Collection of The Newark Museum 200
Trustees of The Newark Museum Association 203
Acknowledgments 205
Index of Artists 207
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