Since the earliest times women have made pottery and clay sculptures, and they have cooked, carried water, stored and served food in pottery. They have used ceramics in domestic rituals and decorative display. In her wide-ranging discussion of this subject, Moira Vincentelli examines some of the great female ceramic traditions such as Pueblo pottery and considers the notable success women have had over the last century from Susie Cooper and Eva Zeisel in design to individual ceramic artists such as Lucie Rie and Magdalene Odundo. She also shows how women have left their mark in the field of ceramics as writers, teachers, business women, gallery owners and collectors.
About the Author
Moira Vincentelli is Lecturer in Art History and Curator of Ceramics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Table of ContentsAncient Times
Gender, Technology and Empire
Into the Spotlight: Female Traditions and Individuality
The Decorative Woman
Women, Collecting and Display
Running the Business
Gender, Identity and Studio Ceramics
Conclusion--The Gendered Vessel