For this week’s library pick, we selected Breaking the Mould: New Approaches to Ceramics edited by Cigalle Hanaor. Included in this text are three fantastic essays that deal specifically with contemporary issues in the field of ceramics: “The Essential Vessel” by Natasha Daintry; “The Idea of the New” by Rob Barnard; and “Contemporary Clay” by Clare Twomey. Each provides new insight into the activities and contexts surrounding the works of many contemporary artists working with clay.
The bulk of the book highlights the work and interests of contemporary potters—many, if not all, might be considered on the cutting edge of contemporary craft. Besides images of each artist’s works, the book also includes a two-page spread on each artists that includes a brief statement from them about their work and processes.
The artists are broken up according to somewhat dubious categories: ceramic environments, surreal geometries, the vessel, human interest, beyond the vessel, earthly inspirations, and surface pleasures. Still the amazing selection of artists included, the quality of the works described and the enormous variety among the artists’ work, make this book a must read for anyone who is interested in exploring the expansive landscape of today’s leading makers in the field.
Artists represented in the book include: (We strongly encourage you to click on the following links to learn more about these artists and to see images of their work!) Natasha Daintry, Rob Barnard, Clare Twomey, Rebecca Catterall, Isobel Egan, Stine Jespersen, Christin Johansson, Mimi Joung, Tae-Lim Rhee, Anders Ruhwald, Richard Slee, Maxim Velcovsky, Daniel Allen, Barnaby Barford, Tiziana Bendall-Brunello, Claire Curneen, Edith Garcia, Justin Novak, Damian O’Sullivan, Conor Wilson, Elaine Hind, Suzanne King, Margaret O’Rorke, Deborah Sigel, Christ Wight, Annie Woodford, Christie Brown, Phoebe Cummings, Keith Harrison, Marian Heyerdahl, Nina Hole, Kuldeep Malhi, Kristin Morgin, Jeffrey Mongrain, Colby Parsons, Linda Sormin, Simon Tipping, Emmanuel Boos, Emmanuel Cooper, Pam Dodds, Jane Hamlyn, Grayson Perry, Wai-Lian Scanell (Soop), Timea Sido, Gordon Baldwin, Marek Cecula, Ken Eastman, Simon Fell, Jonathan Keep, Anne Marie Laureys, Kjell Rylander, Piet Stockmans, Hans Stofer, Nicole Cherubini, Lubna Chowdhary, Robert Dawson, Stephen Dixon, David Rhys Jones, Ole Liselrud, Carol McNicoll, and CJ O’Neill.