Contemporary Tableware

Contemporary Tableware

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By (author) Linda Bloomfield

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  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 274mm x 14mm | 600g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408153955
  • ISBN 13: 9781408153956
  • Illustrations note: 220
  • Sales rank: 165,989

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Tableware has occupied a special place in our kitchens and dining rooms for thousands of years, and continues to enchant us today. Ranging from the purely functional to the fine and delicate, the evolution of domestic pots tells us much about our changing tastes and habits, and the wider art and cultural movements that have influenced their decoration and forms. In Contemporary Tableware, maker Linda Bloomfield looks at design sources, following influences from history on the pots on our tables, from Sung Chinese and Medieval English ware to the revival of studio pottery and the influence of Scandinavian, American and Japanese design. She goes on to examine common forms in contemporary tableware, including teapots, bowls, cups, jugs and plates, and to explain the elements of form, function and beauty in each. Lavishly illustrated with examples from contemporary studio pottery and industry, as well as making images from working potters, this book is the essential guide to modern tableware for potters, designers and buyers.

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Linda Bloomfield has been involved with pottery since 1973, although her career path led her to train as a materials scientist, and she received a BSc in Engineering Science and a PhD in Materials Science from Warwick University. After stints as a visiting scholar at MIT and as a researcher in Tsukuba, Japan and London, she set up her current studio in London in 2001. Since 2003, she has been selling through galleries across the UK and internationally, and her tableware is stocked by Liberty and David Mellor. She is a frequent contributor to Ceramic Review magazine, and is the author of Colour in Glazes, also published by Bloomsbury.

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An absolutely wonderful publication by Bloomsbury Publishing ... The best thing about Contemporary Tableware is how lavishly illustrated it is with examples of tableware across different continents, hugely different styles, from the hand-made to manufactured items. It will be a great visual inspiration for many ceramicists and collectors for many years to come. -- Patricia van der Akker The Design Trust Linda, a potter herself since 1973, has brought together some astonishingly beautiful pots ... In [Contemporary Tableware] she takes a world tour of some of the best - from our great potter/philosopher, the Japan and China inspired Bernard Leach and family in St Ives, to Bauhaus and the successor, the Ulms school, on through Scandinavia and pretty well anywhere else where good pots are designed and made, including many famous studios here in the UK ... Thank you writer/potter Linda Bloomfield for helping us see the potter's world. If we can't sadly use and handle pots, then look at them we must. GarethJonesFood.com

Table of contents

Part 1: A Modern Approach to Tradition 1. Introduction 2. China 3. Japan 4. English country pottery 5. The Industrial revolution 6. Studio pottery 7. The Bauhaus influence 8. Scandinavia 9. America Part 2: Design and Form 10. Making methods in contemporary design 11. Manufactured tableware 12. Teapots 13. Bowls 14. Cups, saucers and mugs 15. Jugs 16. Plates 17. Serving dishes 18. Lidded pots