Celebrating the art of ceramics

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© Northern Art Prize/Simon Warner

© Northern Art Prize/Simon Warner

Continuing the Vitamin series of books which examine medium-specific works of art (painting, drawing, photography), Vitamin C is an examination of contemporary clay and ceramic art. Clay is one of the oldest art materials and is one almost everyone has experienced in some form, from early childhood play to the ceramics we use in our everyday lives.
Vitamin C looks at a hundred of the most important contemporary clay and ceramic artists, considering their history, philosophy and work with detailed photographs of prominent pieces.
Artists chosen include Francesco DiMattio, whose Chandelabra I combines vintage pieces of pottery grafted together to create a stunning light fitting and whose work is described as ‘post-modern sampling’; Jessica Harrison, who applies new glazes to Royal Doulton figures; and Lubaina Himid, who also works with found ceramics to explore issues of race and class and serve as a reminder of the often uncomfortable or problematic histories of items of furniture or property.
Throughout the book, pieces range from the beautiful to the dramatic, all thought-provoking, and a wonderful exploration of a craft so ubiquitous many of us fail to notice it at all.
• Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art, £39.95, Phaidon, published 2 October.

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