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Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists


Sharing their insights in compelling interviews, 38 of today’s Black ceramists demonstrate a diversity of studio practices and ways of using clay, together with more than 300 stunning photos of their work. Especially crucial in light of the times, this book helps disperse the fog of noninclusion. With the goal of giving the artists the recognition long overdue them, donald a clark and Chotsani Elaine Dean begin by grounding us in history and context. The authors take us through time, explaining recent important research from Drayton Hall in South Carolina, for example, and other work that has helped honor the contributions, presence, and experiences of African Americans in ceramic history in America. Bringing us to today, clark and Dean present for each of 38 contemporary ceramic artists an introduction, an interview with the artist, and photos highlighting some of their work. This important and necessary information, with its impact on the medium as a whole, is beautifully and engagingly presented to makers and craft appreciators alike.

Size: 9.0in x 12.0in  |  Pages:256  |  324 color images
Chotsani Elaine Dean is an artist and assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Minnesota. She received her BFA in ceramics from Hartford Art School and her MFA at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. 

Donald Clark began collecting and studying makers and their ceramics in the 1970s. He continued to learn and build his collection based on relationships with artists during his over 30 years of experience at Ferrin Gallery and P!NCH. Clark moved on to be the Research Manager for The Marks Project.org, an online searchable database, documenting the marks of makers working in America from 1946-present. His first book Making a Living in Craft was published by Lark in 2007. He is also the author of numerous articles in national craft magazines.