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Ceramic Reviews

Ceramic by Paul Greenhalgh (University of East Anglia, UK)

Ceramic, Art and Civilisation

Paul Greenhalgh (University of East Anglia, UK)

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 11 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781474239707
4 stars out of 5
3 Apr 2021

"His book is full of surprises, provocative, prickly, sometimes humorous"

Greenhalgh describes the fluctuating status of pots and potters throughout history in connection with the technical development of ceramic as an industry and the emergence of the artist potter. Ceramic has been written about almost since the Bronze Age, apparently, but not consistently accorded great cultural status. Though pots are ‘the portable manifestation of Greek civilisation’, for instance, it is not true that Greeks valued pottery as fine art (they had no word for ‘art’) and 19th-century attempts at identifying individual Greek potters by style are dismissed as ‘anachronistic wishful thinking’.