Modernism and ceramics

Pennings, Mark W. (2006) Modernism and ceramics. In Clark, Garth (Ed.) Ceramic Millennium : Critical Writings on Ceramic History, Theory, and Art. Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design , Canada, Nova Scotia, pp. 115-128.

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The chapter provides a history of ceramics practice in relation to modern history and modernist theories. It considers the role of ceramics in the modern world. With the rise of industrial capitalism hand made ceramic objects were increasingly supplanted by mass produced commodities. In addition, the avant-garde and fine art tended to relegate ceramics to the arena of 'craft' and it was defined as an inferior form of artistic practice. However, craft also represented a form of production that resisted alienation, especially in relation to the increasing regimentation and anonymity of factory production processes and the effect on workers' creative activity. The struggle for ceramics has been to evade its categories applied to it as a creative practice that limited its potential. Indeed, it can be argued that in the present era ceramics can come into its own.

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ID Code: 7412
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Ceramics and Modernism, avant, garde, Wedgewood, William Morris, Bernard Leach
ISBN: 0919616453
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Crafts (190501)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 NSCAD Press (The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design)
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:18

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