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Ceramics in America 2015
Robert Hunter, ed.

Ceramics in America Annual

2016 • 236 pp. 298 illus. (258 color), 1 table, 8 graphs 8 3/4 x 11 1/4"
Ceramics / Decorative Arts & Material Culture

$65.00 Hardcover, 978-0-9827722-6-3

This year [Ceramics in America] presents research on ceramics from the American West, a subject not covered by the journal in the previous 15 years. Editor Robert Hunter introduces the Spanish pottery making traditions of the 1770s, a history most of us never learned in school.”
Maine Antique Digest

A diverse range of essays, new discoveries, and book reviews on the latest research of interest to ceramics scholars

The 2015 volume of Ceramics in America contains two extensive articles that examine ceramic topics from the American West. The first reports on an interdisciplinary, multiyear study of the architectural tiles, bricks, and domestic pottery produced in Alta California under Spanish control from 1779 to 1849. The use of sophisticated scientific analysis combined with historical and archaeological research and melded with public demonstrations of the making and firing processes should serve as a model for other regional ceramic investigations. Another article is devoted to a thirty-year ethnography of noted Zuni potter Randy Nahohi and his immediate family members. Illustrated with beautiful object and historical photography, readers will witness the journey of a ceramic artist seeking to be innovative in the world of Zuni traditional pottery. In the third and final article, readers are not only invited into the inner workings of the early-twentieth-century dealings between American industrialist Charles Lang Freer and Chinese art impresario C. T. Loo, but also given an interesting perspective on the dynamics involved.

Now in its fifteenth year of publication, Ceramics in America is considered the journal of record for historical ceramics scholarship in the American context and is intended for collectors, historical archaeologists, curators, decorative arts students, social historians, and contemporary potters.

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

“Ceramics in America is a highly important publication in the field of ceramics research. Always stunningly produced, it can be counted on to provide the latest research into a variety of topics that impact our understanding of ceramics in America.”—Suzanne R. F. Hood, curator of ceramics and glass, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

“Each year Ceramics in America opens a window on most aspects of American life: public and private, imported and native, industrial and aesthetic, social and economic—and on all cultures betwixt and between.”—Philip Zea, president, Historic Deerfield, Inc.

“With gorgeous illustrations and keen insights from leading ceramic historians, collectors, and archaeological colleagues, Ceramics in America is truly the sort of treasure that archaeologists seek.”—Mary C. Beaudry, Department of Archaeology, Boston University

“Clay, paint, glaze. Ingredients. They alone are not enough. The spark, that special genius that excites every work of art, is revealed in two remarkable articles in this often remarkable journal. The authors draw deeply on archaeology, on science, and most of all on the talents of two modern master potters. One’s work led to important new discoveries about earthenware production in Alta California; the other’s to a rare appreciation for the living Zuni traditions, values, and personal inspirations that, mysteriously blended together, fashion the exquisite pots his family produces. Here for sure, as Edward Chappell writes in his introduction, biography makes culture come alive.—Cary Carson, Vice President (retired), Research Division, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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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.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:18:52 -0500