Selected byChoicemagazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2000 The history of ceramics is extraordinarily diverse, ranging from crude clay utensils to highly decorative pieces of immense beauty and craftsmanship. Robin Hildyard draws on the Victoria a Albert Museum's extensive collection to trace the story of European ceramics, in its rich diversity from the end of the Middle Ages to the present day. Highlighting key developments, techniques, discoveries, and stylesafrom earthenware, stoneware, and tin glaze to the invention of porcelain and the impact of industrializationathe narrative is interspersed with thematic spreads that explore the techniques and astonishing capabilities of this most universal of materials. Events such as the Great Exhibition and its successors sought to resolve the conflict between mass production and good design, illustrated here by a wide range of pieces. Looking at the complicated twentieth-century relationship among designer, manufacturer, and artist, the book also explores the modernism of the Bauhaus style, the opposing influence of Art Deco, and the explosion of new design following the Second World War. Including works made as recently as 1998, and featuring specially commissioned photography supported by related engravings and pattern-books, European Ceramicsis not only an authoritative and indispensable reference work for students and collectors but a wide-ranging and richly illustrated volumeaover two hundred illustrations, the majority in colorafor all decorative art lovers to treasure.Robin Hildyard draws on the Victoria aamp; Albert Museuma#39;s extensive collection to trace the story of European ceramics, in its rich diversity from the end of the Middle Ages to the present day.
|Author||:||R. J. C. Hildyard|
|Publisher||:||University of Pennsylvania Press - 1999|