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Ceramics in America 2010
Robert Hunter, ed.; Luke Beckerdite, ed.

Ceramics in America Annual

2010 • 300 pp. 658 illus. (626 color), 3 tables., end-paper illus. 8 1/2 x 11"
Ceramics / Decorative Arts & Material Culture

$65.00 Hardcover, 978-0-9767344-6-8

A diverse range of essays, new discoveries and book reviews on the latest research for interest to ceramic scholars. This issue is the second of two devoted to North Carolina pottery tradition.

Now in its tenth year of publication, Ceramics in America is considered the journal of record for historical ceramic scholarship in the American context.

The 2010 volume of Ceramics in America is the second of two issues to document the results of a multiyear research project on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century earthenware traditions of the North Carolina piedmont. This issue, a companion to the 2009 volume expands, current preconceptions of North Carolina slipware by identifying other regional ceramic traditions. In tandem, the two volumes serve as a compendium catalog for the traveling exhibition Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware, sponsored by Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the Chipstone Foundation, and the Caxambas Foundation.

Setting a new standard for American ceramic studies, this transdisciplinary effort draws on archaeology, art history, religion, ceramics, technology, and many other areas of inquiry resulting in a substantively revised history of this much-admired North Carolina pottery tradition. Many examples of highly decorative slipware and intriguing figural bottles are illustrated here for the first time with the precise color photography of Gavin Ashworth.

Forthcoming issues of Chipstone's American Furniture and Ceramics in America annuals are also available at reduced prices by subscription.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“As recently as the 1970s American ceramics history was Yankee-centric, with Southern pottery virtually terra incognita. Since then, ceramics research in our Southern states has been catching up, and this issue of Ceramics in America does a tremendous service by correcting what until now have been major misattributions of certain examples of North Carolina earthenware; we now know that pieces thought to be Moravian are not, but have similar Germanic roots. There was, as well, a British earthenware tradition in North Carolina that likewise employed slip decoration, also explored here. All in all, the 2010 volume is a revelation.”—John A. Burrison, Georgia State University, author of Brothers in Clay: The Story of Georgia Folk Pottery and From Mud to Jug: The Folk Potters and Pottery of Northeast Georgia

“Each year Ceramics in America opens a window on various aspects of American life—public and private, imported and native, industrial and aesthetic, social and economic—and on all cultures betwixt and between. This issue complements last year’s volume on Moravian craftsmanship by oVering reams of information on newly identified potters who worked outside the Moravian mantle. The art and artisanship of this early pottery is eye-popping and deserves a prominent place in the ceramics bibliography—and on your bookshelf!”—Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield, Inc.

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Editor ROBERT HUNTER is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and an archaeologist and ceramic historian living in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was the founding director of the Center for Archaeological Research at The College of William and Mary, and served on the curatorial staff at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. LUKE BECKERDITE is editor of American Furniture and a decorative arts scholar living in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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