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Ceramic Review issue 288 November/December 2017

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Ceramic Review issue 288 November/December 2017

Welcome to the November/December issue of Ceramic Review. Whether you love traditional, functional work or prefer something a little more unusual to put on a pedestal, we hope you will find something to inspire you, but also to aspire to, in this issue. Inside, you’ll find two features where historical craftsmanship meets a contemporary aesthetic, with ceramic artist Takuro Kuwata’s bold and bright teabowls and designer Lee Broom’s take on a selection of Wedgwood’s classic designs. Both have taken traditional vessels as their inspiration, reinterpreting them for a new generation of ceramic enthusiasts, while paying tribute to the original skills and techniques that went into their making. Elsewhere, Bonnie Kemske writes about the journey from East to West of the contemporary teabowl. Creating these bridges between time-honoured designs and the contemporary helps to maintain the strong foundation of craftsmanship in art and design, which is particularly strong in the world of ceramics. We were fortunate to meet gallerist, art dealer, curator and former potter Joanna Bird for this issue. We discussed where ceramics fall on the craft/art divide and whether, simply because something is viewed as functional because it has a handle, it therefore is not as valuable. Proof (if it were needed) that ceramics are increasingly being treated like any other artform, a Lucie Rie yellow footed bowl that once belonged to CR’s co-founder Emmanuel Cooper sold for an extraordinary £125,000 at Sotheby’s – you can find the results of the auction inside. We hope you have a wonderful autumn – see you next issue.

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