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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600592473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592478
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Glen R. Brown is a full professor of modern and contemporary art history at Kansas State University. He holds an MA and PhD in Art History, an MA in Art Criticism and a BA in Art. He has authored nearly 300 articles and reviews for magazines such as Ceramics: Art and Perception, Sculpture, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Technical, Ceramic Review and World Sculpture News.

Customer Reviews

All of the 500 Ceramic books are well worth buying.
T. Brown
Beautiful photography of an amazing array of ceramic sculptures ranging from small to huge.
M. Ferguson
As with all of the Lark 500 series, this book won't disappoint!
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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Padmarangdrol on November 11, 2009
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I was looking for a survey of contemporary ceramic sculpture and I thought any book claiming to have 500 images of them should be able to cover all the bases pretty well. Not so.

After buying the book and reading the fine print I learned that it's a compilation of photos from a juried competition (i.e. only those who submitted photos were considered and, of those, only the ones selected by the single, idiosyncratic juror made it into the book). Forget comprehensiveness here. Although there is some good work shown, I found more representation of the "icky/creepy" school of ceramics than I needed.

And where are the bright lights of the ceramic sculpture world? Where is Betty Woodman, Sueharu Fukami, Andrew Lord, Ken Price, Viola Frey, Wouter Dam, Ruth Duckworth, etc., etc.? Not in this book.

If you're looking for a wider, more comprehensive view of this subject I'd recommend Postmodern Ceramics by Mark Del Vecchio or Color and Fire by Jo Lauria.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 28, 2009
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As with all of the Lark 500 series, this book won't disappoint! The images are wonderful and show such a huge variety of ideas and techniques. If you have enjoyed the other books in the series, you should also enjoy this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Roberts on July 6, 2010
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I have a total of five of the '500' books, but this one is my favorite. I am a ceramics sculptor and this is so inspiring. The artists represented in 500 Ceramic Sculptures range from cartoonists to fine artists. That is the beauty of ceramics; it can become pretty much anything you can imagine. If you love ceramics or sculpture or art in general, you will love owning this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By elizend on April 15, 2010
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Contemporary ceramic sculptures would also be a great name for this book. This is not a how to book but rather shows many different versions of what can be done, and is being done, with ceramics. I love all the 500 series art books.
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29 of 41 people found the following review helpful By MS art teacher on June 13, 2009
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I love the Lark books- the pictures are always wonderful and the books very well done- this book was a classic lark- but not for me- most of the ceramic pieces pictured are abstract in nature and not in a pleasing -to my taste way- if you are looking for a book with wierd depressing works of clay- this one is for you- but if you are looking for something "pretty" and inspirational I would stay away- I'll keep this book in my art classroom for those students who enjoy the more morbid side of art.
Me, I like to fill my life with feel good,, colorful art which makes me smile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Swartzberg on April 11, 2011
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Prompt delivery in excellent condition. But awful ceramics. I must not like the mass contemporary ceramics. Some wonderful ones I've seen, however, are in the Lark series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FEDERICO on March 22, 2011
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I was disappointed with most of the scultures.There was not a really display of quality in the shapes and in the designs.From 500 i would chose maybe twenty.
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These days, a gorgeous printed book for 13 bucks is a wonderful deal. I have about 6 of this series, can't complain. All I need for inspiration are the pics, I'm not looking for information except material and firing temp. I recommend this book, even though it is a little skewed toward one particular conceptual type of ceramic object. The author admits this. Still, quite interesting.
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Suzanne Tourtillott was born in post-war Germany but lives, happily, in Asheville, North Carolina. After studying and then teaching fine art and commercial photography, she turned to writing arts journalism for periodicals and, ultimately, to writing and editing craft books. Suzanne has edited more than 50 titles in jewelry, ceramics, needle crafts--even poetry. Her business/Twitter name is Editorious; see the site at http://editorious.net and tweets via #editorious. you can follow Suzanne's visual interests on Pinterest (pinning as username editorious, of course).
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