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Release Date: July 2010
544 pages, 8 x 11, 409 color and 50 b&w photos, notes, index
Cover Price $65
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Janet Koplos & Bruce Metcalf
University of North Carolina Press
The first comprehensive survey of modern craft in the United States.
Makers follows the development of American studio craft from its roots in 19th-century reform movements to the rich diversity of expression at the end of the 20th century. This comprehensive book offers a detailed analysis of motivating ideas and stylistic currents related to craft, including in-depth portraits of the significant artists working in fiber, clay, glass, wood and metal who helped shape contemporary American art and design. "Truly, people making things is what the craft field is all about," say authors Koplos and Metcalf. "Every story in this book is bound up in a time, a place, a set of political and social conditions, and an aesthetic philosophy." A beautiful volume with more than 400 photographs, Makers is an important and enlightening resource for craftspeople, curators, collectors, critics, scholars, students and teachers interested in American craft.
Janet Koplos, writer and art critic, was editor for Art in America and guest editor for American Craft magazines. She has written for numerous publications and books including Contemporary Japanese Sculpture. Bruce Metcalf is a studio jeweler and writer based in Philadelphia. He taught at Kent State University and the University of the Arts and exhibits his work internationally.
This book is a project of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.
Asheville, NC – Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. This summer, Benchspace Gallery & Workshop will investigate the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21st century.