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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307346471
  • ASIN: B0048ELD5A
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...well-illustrated and meticulously documented...recommended as a companion to American history itself. -- San Francisco Chronicle

A wondrous companion to read over and over and over again. -- Barbara Jacobs -- BookList, October 1, 2007

About the Author

JO LAURIA has organized numerous exhibitions, produced and directed documentary films, and written several books on design and decorative arts.

STEVE FENTON is a freelance writer and longtime collector and scholar of craft. The winner of numerous advertising awards (including the CLIO), he lives in New York City.

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Great book and DVD set...will buy additional DVDs for my mom.
Tracey
As a book publisher myself, I am in awe of the successful melding of the many elements that must complement one another to make a truly masterpiece of a book.
William V. Haney
This book is the accompaniment of the Peabody Award winning Craft in America PBS series, and a touring national exhibit.
Rebecca Niederlander

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William V. Haney on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Superb. To say that CRAFT IN AMERICA is a brilliant work of art would not do it justice. It is more than that: it is itself a marvelous realization of the fusion of art and craft. As a book publisher myself, I am in awe of the successful melding of the many elements that must complement one another to make a truly masterpiece of a book. This is that rare "coffee table" book with an intelligent, gracefully written text that makes a compelling read. Every image in the book appears to have been selected with care and sensitivity and illustrates so well the points discussed in the text. But as strong as the visuals and the text are, a book with this subject matter must itself stand as an example of superior design. And it does. Every facet of the book reflects the professionalism of the editors, the creative geniuses they treat in these pages, and the craft of book publishing and production. It is a gem.

Bill Haney
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Niederlander on March 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wow. This is the kind of book that helps to put everything into its proper perspective. By delineating art works not through medium, but instead through source and motivation, the authors have managed to place the American Craft Movement into its proper place: as a profoundly important expression of fundamental spirit. The craftspersons are profiled are honored through glorious photos and inspiring texts. The various Movements and institutions of teaching are shown to have had as sweeping an effect on our national ways of seeing as the better-known European ones like De Stijl and the Bauhaus.

This book is the accompaniment of the Peabody Award winning Craft in America PBS series, and a touring national exhibit. I can recommend it for both the novice and the expert and everyone in between since it will be the book everyone will refer back to, and the one you wish you had more copies of so you could loan it out to all your friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Mirabel on December 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Outstanding! Thoroughly enjoyed the engrossing writing style. It tells the fascinating story of how integral craft was in the the development of a nation and its people. And, I could not agree more with President Jimmy Carter when he wrote in the prologue: I invite you to read this book, consider the outstanding objects these artists have imagined, and partake in what could well be one of the most satisfying times of your life.
Jackie Mirabel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. N. on June 13, 2013
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There's a PBS video of the same name that compliments this book. Both are a joy and inspiration.
This is not a comprehensive overview of crafts, not sure that would even be possible, it is however an excellent collection.
The parts I remember best are the basket weavers (especially the Gullah baskets), Sam Maloof, George Nakashima.
Beautiful photographs, great reproductions. As someone who has photographed a lot of art, this is an outstanding example of excellent photography and photo editing (selection) (Ever squint at a photo wishing it was a little sharper, or the angle was just a little bit....? Not a problem here.)
And the price I paid was unbelievable.
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Plan to find other books by this author. This is why books will never stop being a popular way to read. Excellent book!
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