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Wedgwood: The First Tycoon
Wedgwood
The First Tycoon
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670033464

With its familiar white classical figures against a pale-blue background, Wedgwood has been one of the most recognizable brand names in the world for more than two hundred yearsathe epitome of quality and luxuryaand the Enlightenmentas most remarkable success story.

Born into a family of struggling potters, Josiah Wedgwood amassed a fortune that, at his death in 1795, was valued at the equivalent of $3.4 billion in todayas dollars and helmed an empire that stretched from England to Russia to the United States. As a member of the famous Lunar Society, whose members included James Watt, Joseph Priestley, and Erasmus Darwin, he combined rationality with bold experimentation, revolutionizing the business model of his time with a series of innovations that have continued to this day:
a Organizing skilled labor in one of the worldas earliest factories
a Encouraging employee loyalty by offering long-term contracts that included health insurance and pension plans
a Changing the very notion of shopping by utilizing showrooms and traveling salesmen
The story of how phenomenal wealth affected the lives of a family and of the turbulent political climate that threatened their very livelihood, this vivid and compelling portrait of a pioneer of commercial culture is sure to be a hit with loyal collectors and the business market alike.

Ceramic Horizons: The Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha
Ceramic Horizons
The Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha
Hardcover      ISBN: 3897905205

- First publication of the complete Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection - Three hundred ceramic art objects by 115 international artists Selected artists: Ingeborg & Bruno Asshoff (DE), Antje Br ggemann (DE), Claudi Casanovas (ES), Claude Champy (FR), Daphne Corregan (US), Anne Currier (US), Pippin Drysdale (AU), Karl Fulle (DE), Gerd Kn pper (JP), Beate Kuhn (DE), Enric Mestre (ES), Ken Mihara (JP), Herman Muys (BE), Thomas Naethe (DE), Suku Park (RK), Lotte Reimers (DE), Lucie Rie (UK), Reinhold Rieckmann (DE), Karl & Ursula Scheid (DE), Roland Summer (AT), Ann Van Hoey (BE), Gotlind Weigel (DE), Robin Welch (UK) The 300 works of the Lotte Reimers Foundation showcase the wide spectrum and the diversity of modern ceramic art. The works by 115 international artists, from classical vessels to free sculpture, are to now permanently move to Friedenstein Castle in Gotha, giving rise to this comprehensive publication. As a former gallerist and museum director as well as passionate ceramicist, Lotte Reimers is profoundly grounded in the material and with her unmistakable flair has compiled this collection, which will now remain within the museum. Her engagement and life-long fostering of ceramic art makes her one of the most significant personalities in the European ceramic scene. Text in English and German.

American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity, 1940 to 1979
American Studio Ceramics
Innovation and Identity, 1940 to 1979
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300212739
An in-depth look at the changing status of American artists in the 18th and early 19th century

In the mid-20th century, ceramics evolved from a utilitarian craft or therapeutic hobby into a well-recognized fine art that continues to occupy a place in today's art world. In this pioneering study, leading scholar Martha Drexler Lynn explores how and why this shift occurred by examining the pivotal period for the maturation of American studio ceramics. Lynn traces critical developments in ceramics education, exhibition, patronage, and technology from 1940 to 1979, as magazines dedicated to the practice appeared, institutional support flourished, audiences grew, and star artists emerged.

The most in-depth history of American studio ceramics to date, this book is the first to fully explore the works of art alongside the societal trends that shaped them and the organizations that propelled the movement. Lynn considers the movement's fluctuation across geographic regions as well as stylistic responses to advances in technology and cultural influences from across the United States and abroad. Key patrons and practitioners such as Aileen Osborn Webb, Glen Lukens, Peter Voulkos, and Robert Arneson are featured alongside lesser-known figures. This groundbreaking volume illustrates how studio ceramics came to define itself and challenged the boundaries between fine art and craft. It will be a definitive resource on the movement for years to come.
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
The Hare with Amber Eyes
A Hidden Inheritance
Paperback      ISBN: 0312569378

A New York Times Bestseller
An Economist Book of the Year
Costa Book Award Winner for Biography
Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots--which are then sold, collected, and handed on--he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.
Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John's Pottery
Body of Clay, Soul of Fire
Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John's Pottery
Paperback      ISBN: 1890434469

"Body of Clay, Soul of Fire" will delight art lovers, potters, and collectors, as well as everyone who is interested in Japanese and Benedictine traditions.

Richard Bresnahan is a preeminent American potter and an ambassador for the natural environment. Reared on a farm in North Dakota, he graduated from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and apprenticed as a potter in Japan. Returning to Saint John's, where he is an artist in residence, he built a massive wood-burning kiln, which, with its innovative flame flues and water channels, dwarfs all other North American kilns. By digging his own clay, using local seeds and hulls as glazing materials, and firing with deadfall, Bresnahan also practices a brand of environmentalism worthy of his Benedictine surroundings.

The Home Potter
The Home Potter
Hardcover      ISBN: 0876631367
Grayson Perry
Grayson Perry
Paperback      ISBN: 0500295239

Grayson Perry, renowned for his ceramic vases decorated with shocking, unconventional imagery, rose to fame in 2003 when he won the Turner Prize. Since then, Perry has remained an important voice in the arts and the contemporary discussion of gender--in 2016, he published the critically acclaimed book The Descent of Man. Perry's hard-hitting yet exquisite work, which also includes tapestry, prints, sculpture, and drawing, references his own upbringing and his life as a transvestite while engaging with broader issues, from war and religion to politics and sex.

Grayson Perry, now in an expanded and updated edition to cover his work up to 2019, explores Perry's art through a discussion of his major themes and subjects. Jacky Klein's text is complemented by intimate and insightful commentaries on individual pieces by the artist, giving unique access to his imaginative world and creative processes. Over 225 of Perry's works are illustrated, as well as a rich selection of the visual material that has inspired him, from Afghan war rugs, Sumatran batiks, and medieval altarpieces to the paintings of Pieter Bruegel and the American outsider artist Henry Darger.

The Craft of the Potter
The Craft of the Potter
Paperback      ISBN: 0812020286

Basic potter's wheel techniques are explained along with methods of decorating and baking. Historical background is sketched.

Sa]vres Then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000
Sa]vres Then and Now
Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000
Hardcover      ISBN: 1904832636
Sevres then and Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000, showcases the longstanding achievements of the French porcelain factory, in particular its unparalleled invention and creativity over three centuries. Featuring an assemblage of over 80 international loan objects as well as pieces from Hillwood's own renowned collection, many of which have never been published before, this vibrant volume juxtaposes the earliest Sevres pieces with the cutting-edge works of the 21st century.

Three informative essays by Hillwood curator and organizer of the exhibition Liana Paredes are devoted to the continuous innovation in both production and design that has been the hallmark of ceramics at the Sevres factory from the 1750s to the early years of the 21st century. It is illustrated with 240 colour images, the vast majority of these from newly-commissioned photography, with a wide range of full-size plates, details, marks and other comparative illustrations
Rorstrand Porcelain: Art Nouveau Masterpieces
Rorstrand Porcelain
Art Nouveau Masterpieces
Hardcover      ISBN: 1558598448

The artists of the influential Rörstrand porcelain factory in Sweden created some of the most beautiful decorative objects of the Art Nouveau style. In his fascinating and authoritative text, Bengt Nyström focuses on the Rörstrand factory's designers and their revolutionary forms during the period 1865 to 1915, when the firm successfully competed artistically with Tiffany and Gallé in the great international expositions that showcased and helped to propagate the Art Nouveau style.
Inspired by late 19th-century crafts movements fathered by William Morris, the artists of the Rörstrand factory took nationalistic pride in incorporating their indigenous flora and fauna into their exquisite designs, transforming wintry berry springs and northern sea creatures into elegant three-dimensional works of art that appealed to a sophisticated European clientele.
Illustrated with objects from Robert Schreiber's outstanding collection, supplemented with craftsmen's drawings and archival documents, Nyström's thoroughly researched text includes engaging glimpses of the culture surrounding Rörstrand (a former castle), especially the close-knit community of insightful administrators, talented designers and inventors, and artisans. The book chronicles not only the company's artistic achievements but the day-to-day personalities and decisions behind the emergence of this once-utilitarian factory as the birthplace of some of Sweden's most beautiful decorative objects.