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"Objects for Use: Handmade by Design pays tribute to a geographically and culturally diverse group of American craftspeople who combine function and beauty in the creation of unique handmade objects. Published on the occasion of a groundbreaking exhibition at the American Craft Museum, this panoramic survey of contemporary craft showcases the accomplished work currently being done in individual workshops and small studios all over the country." The book's two essays by Paul J. Smith and Akiko Busch, focus on the role of craft and design in
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"Objects for Use: Handmade by Design pays tribute to a geographically and culturally diverse group of American craftspeople who combine function and beauty in the creation of unique handmade objects. Published on the occasion of a groundbreaking exhibition at the American Craft Museum, this panoramic survey of contemporary craft showcases the accomplished work currently being done in individual workshops and small studios all over the country." The book's two essays by Paul J. Smith and Akiko Busch, focus on the role of craft and design in contemporary life. To illustrate the range of creativity and practice in studio workshops today, individual profile's of twenty-five artists reflect on their work and offer illuminating glimpses into their lifestyles. Shorter biographies of the nearly two hundred craftspeople represented in the book are also included.
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Master knife makers, wood craftsmen, basket makers, ceramics and textiles designers, glassblowers, surfboard and dogsled makers, metalsmiths and a host of other artisans have their day in Objects for Use: Handmade by Design, edited by Paul J. Smith, director emeritus of the American Craft Museum, which will house an exhibit by the same name. There are essays by the editor and Akiko Busch, studio profiles of 25 artists and thick sections on "Objects for Food and Dining" and "Objects for Interior Space," with 375 illustrations (350 full-color) representing approximately 200 artists. This handsome volume provides an overview of the contemporary American craft world, situating it in an artistic and industrial history. Smith cites European influences and important centers of American craftsmanship like Black Mountain College and Rochester Institute of Technology. (Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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When good design is applied to everyday objects, it imbues daily life with aesthetic pleasure and significance. This wonderful book presents the work of over 200 American artisans, designers, and artists who ply their trades in small studio settings, producing beautiful objects ranging from hand-forged knives to furniture to surf boards. Some of the work is done by hand and some by mechanical means, but all reflect attention to individual detail and are intended for daily use. Opening with in-depth profiles of 25 contributors, the work is presented in three sections: "Objects for Food and Dining," "Objects for Interior Space," and "Objects for Sports, Music, and Play." The book includes brief biographies of each contributor. Two informative essays give a history of handmade objects in America, describe the special sacrifices and joys of a life dedicated to making this work, and celebrate the marriage of design and craft that results in the creation of such special and useful objects. Filled with color photographs of singular and captivating examples, this book is a great resource of current artisans and will surely inspire generations of makers. Recommended for large public and academic collections. Debora Miller, Minneapolis Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810906112
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2001

    Paul Smith Gets It

    Paul Smith has written an erudite, gorgeous book. From table top to the table beneath it. From Wendell Castle's Steinway piano to a harp, to a music stand. From an elegantly designed snowshoe to a kyack to a surfboard. Handmade, well designed objects. Paul Smith was the Director who put the American Craft Museum on the map. He is the master.

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