Things of Beauty Growing

British Studio Pottery

Edited by Glenn Adamson, Martina Droth, and Simon Olding

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October 10, 2017
472 pages, 9 x 11
316 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300227468

Published in association with the Yale Center for British Art and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

For nearly a century British potters have invigorated traditional ceramic forms by developing or reinventing techniques, materials, and means of display. Things of Beauty Growing explores major typologies of the vessel—such as bowl, vase, and charger—that have defined studio ceramics since the early 20th century. It places British studio pottery within the context of objects from Europe, Japan, and Korea and presents essays by an international team of scholars and experts. The book highlights the objects themselves, including new works by Adam Buick, Halima Cassell, and Nao Matsunago, featured alongside works by William Staite Murray, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, and others, many published here for the first time. Rounding out the beautifully illustrated volume is an interview with renowned collector John Driscoll and approximately fifty illustrated short biographies of significant makers.

Glenn Adamson is senior research scholar and Martina Droth is deputy director of research and curator of sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art. Simon Olding is director of the Crafts Study Centre and professor of modern crafts at the University for the Creative Arts, UK.


Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

“[A] gorgeous volume”—Antiques and the Arts Weekly

“An exceptional and beautiful resource”—K. Sarah Ostrach, ARLIS/NA Reviews

Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery was chosen to receive the 2018 ACC Book Award.

Winner of the 2019 the Historians of British Art Award, multi- author category
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