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The shape of craft
The shape of craft
Shales, Ezra2017
"Today, the word 'craft' is linked to a vast array of items from handmade objects to microbreweries. 'Artisanal' is so overused that it can strain our credulity. But this also reveals that the value of craft remains compelling in modern life. In this cogently argued book, Ezra Shales explores some of the key questions about craft: who makes it, what we mean when we think about a craft object and what that means to our understanding of what craft is. Along the way, he continually upends our definitions and typical expectations of what we think is handcrafted or authentic. His discussion ranges widely across people and objects: from potter Karen Karnes to weaver Jack Lenor Larsen and glass sculptor Dale Chihuly to Native American basket maker Julia Parker as well as younger makers such as Sopheap Pich and Maarten Baas, and to the porcelain and cast-iron sanitary ware produced by the Kohler Company, the pottery made in Stoke on Trent, and the people in Asia today who weave beautiful things for IKEA. Engaging, pertinent and direct, the book ultimately encourages us to feel the shape of craft in our own lives."--
Main title:
The shape of craft / Ezra Shales.
London : Reaktion Books, 2017.
268 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
One.Archetypes: Who Is A Craftsman? -- Two.Today's Craftspeople In An Expanded Field -- Three.Organic or Industrial? Weaving Cane and Welding Steel -- Four.Weaving As A Magic Carpet Ride -- Five.Time In Glasscraft.
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Beaumaris LibraryArt and Craft745.5 SHAAvailable