Why are people still handmaking utilitarian pottery in the 21st century? Doesn? industrial production take care of all our storage and cooking and serving needs? Yet, in all corners of the US, pottery is being discovered, studied, developed, produced, sold, collected, used, displayed, preserved, and passed down. Answers to these questions are vividly realized in the words of potters themselves?unny, philosophical, intense, and inspiring life narratives captured by Janet Koplos, an award-winning art critic who has followed American studio ceramics for the last four decades. The depth and breadth of this book is unprecedented in American craft history. Fifty individuals or pairs of potters offer their experiences, their thoughts, and their lessons learned. When art is at home in the kitchen, dining room, or living room, as is the case with functional pottery, the impact on our lives can be profound.
Art critic Janet Koplos is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a former senior editor of?Art in America?magazine. She is coauthor of?Makers: A History of American Studio Craft?and author of?Contemporary Japanese Sculpture, among other books. She has also published approximately 2,500 freelance articles, reviews, and essays in some two dozen periodicals over the last 40 years. She received a critic? fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts early in her career, and an Art Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation in 2015.

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