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First edition of the standard edition (also issued as a Sponsors’ Edition and Collectors’ Edition, a total of 4,176 printed). Hardcover with dust jacket in matching slipcase, teal cloth with gilt spine titles and cover decoration, 26.5 by 28.5 cm, 208 pp., well-illustrated in full color. The book and jacket are very good with minor shelf wear to the edges; the slipcase is good with light wear at the corners and light scratches and dents to the front and rear panels. From the slipcase: “South African ceramics has experienced an extraordinary surge of creativity in the past decade. After a long period during which functional stoneware in the ‘Anglo-Oriental’ tradition was the dominant mode of ceramic expression, the 1980s saw an increasing number of artists exploiting the possibilities of fired clay in new and exciting ways. As a result, contemporary South African ceramics encompasses far more than the utilitarian vessel: there is now a significant overlap with the concerns and interests of the fine arts in general and sculpture in particular, and the objects that are produced show a great diversity of style, form and function. This book, the first major publication on South African ceramics since Clarke and Wagner’s Potters of South Africa (1974), presents a detailed survey of the entire range and variety of contemporary ceramic expression in this country: thus, forms as diverse as figurative sculpture and decorated plates both receive attention; rural beer parts share space with sophisticated and complex Post-Modern vessels; figurines, murals, tiles, teapots and traditional stoneware all have their place. In order to see and record the entire field of ceramics in South Africa, the author and photographer traveled more than 37,000 km and interviewed over 200 artists in their research for this book. Lavishly illustrated was superb color photographs, Contemporary Ceramics in South Africa includes almost 100 actively working artists and examines the work of about 80 of them in detail. The treatment is not historical but focus is on the current or recent work of each artist. Interspersed throughout the book are photographic features – for example on teapots and decorated plates – which provide interesting opportunities for a comparison between artists working within the same genre. Biographical and technical information is kept to a minimum in the main text, being assembled at the end of the book in an appendix of concise biographies and a glossary of terms. By means of an informed and incisive text accompanied by outstanding photography, this important new book forcibly conveys the vigor and vitality of ceramics in South Africa today. It is produced to the very highest standards in terms of design, photographic reproduction and materials, and will not fail to attract and excite anyone who is interested in ceramics and the visual arts.” This copy made the rounds at an event – possible a book release party or exhibition – at the Potter’s Workshop in Kalk Bay, South Africa, and is signed by several of the artists and attendees. The Potter’s Workshop was founded in 1986 by Chris Silverston and she signed this copy on the acknowledgments page, as well as the list of thirteen men, women, and children who attended a braai dinner at Kalk Bay on January 19, 1992. The previous owner’s name and date (January ’92) is written on the ffep. The artists Katherine Glenday, Clementina van der Walt, John Anthony Wilhelm, Garth Claassen, and Ian Calder have signed the book at their chapters, with Claassen and Calder adding little drawings.