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Contemporary British Ceramics and the Influence of Sculpture
Monuments, Multiples, Destruction and Display





ISBN 9781032476421
Published January 21, 2023 by Routledge
146 Pages

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Book Description

This book investigates how British contemporary artists who work with clay have managed, in the space of a single generation, to take ceramics from niche-interest craft to the pristine territories of the contemporary art gallery. This development has been accompanied (and perhaps propelled) by the kind of critical discussion usually reserved for the 'higher' discipline of sculpture. Ceramics is now encountering and colliding with sculpture, both formally and intellectually. Laura Gray examines what this means for the old hierarchies between art and craft, the identity of the potter, and the character of a discipline tied to a specific material but wanting to participate in critical discussions that extend far beyond clay.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents





Introduction





Chapter One



Becoming Partners?



Creative Tension: Defining ceramics



Sculpture: A category in danger of collapse



The Art and Craft Divide



An Overview of the Book





Chapter Two



Monumental Matters



Monuments and the Collective Memory



Two Approaches: The logical and the abstracted monument



Ceramics in Civic Space



Wheel of Fortune: Monumentalizing Stoke-on-Trent



Making it Big: The monumental style





Chapter Three



The Numbers Game: Multi-part compositions



Do Numbers Matter?



Plane Thinking: Horizonal groups



High Rise: Stack, build, repeat



The Expressive Possibility of Repetition



Clare Twomey: Master assembler





Chapter Four



The Art of Destruction: Ceramics, Sculpture and Iconoclasm



What is Iconoclasm?



Iconoclasm and Art



Vases and Vandalism



Out of the Ordinary: Destroying domestic ware



Clay in Common



Past Imperfect: The art of transformative repair



Destruction as Cultural Critique



Please Do Not Touch: Destruction in the vitrine



Biting the hand that feeds? Iconoclasm as institutional critique





Chapter Five



Encounters: Ceramics on Show



Thinking About Exhibitions



Clay as an Authentic Material for Sculpture: The Raw and the Cooked



Ceramics and Minimalism: The New White



Ceramics Under Threat: A Secret History of Clay



Post-Studio Practice: Possibilities and Losses



Ceramics for the Home



The Separation of Art and the Home



Home Coming: Contemporary ceramics in domestic space



Domesticating the White Cube





Conclusion



Radical Plasticity



A Single Material



Workmanship



The Vessel



The Current of Influence



The Future

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Author(s)

Biography

Laura Gray has a PhD in Art History from Cardiff Metropolitan University and is a freelance curator, writer and researcher specializing in contemporary art and craft, and twentieth-century sculpture.