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'Lavishly illustrated and extremely comprehensive ...a bargain' - "Antiques
Magazine". 'The evolution of pottery ...is fascinating, and this book does it
justice' - "The Good Book Guide". 'An epic tale ...a book to buy and to
treasure' - "Crafts Magazine". This is the definitive British Museum reference
book reissued with a beautiful new jacket design and pbk-with-flaps cover. This
is the classic, comprehensive, colour survey of ceramic art and production
worldwide, from prehistory to the present day. It offers a mine of information
for students and anyone interested in pottery. Pottery is one of the earliest
and most widespread of human activities and its history can be traced back to
the Stone Age. This comprehensive account begins with the earliest
civilizations of the Near and Middle East and follows the production of pottery
chronologically around the globe. The final chapters analyse the development of
ceramics as a medium of personal expression by artist and studio potters from
the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. The breathtaking
wealth of illustrations drawn from major collections all over the world
includes examples of all the major styles, materials and forms from all
periods. Emmanuel Cooper is an internationally renowned potter, writer, critic
and broadcaster and is editor of the highly respected and influential magazine
"Ceramic Review". He has written widely on both modern and historical ceramics.
Since 1999, he has been Visiting Professor of Ceramics and Glass at the Royal
College of Art and is a member of the Arts Council of Great Britain.