Alison Britton’s collected writings review the unstable place of craft in the spectrum of art and design. The texts included here reveal ceramics, her central concern, as an exploratory field that reflects on itself, in dialogue with many other areas of inquiry such as gender and cultural studies. Britton, one of today’s leading ceramicists and a critical writer, has chosen a range of her own texts from essays to book reviews and interviews, which demonstrate a continuing desire to test the boundaries of her practice. Her sensibility to formal concerns and to the evolution of ideas about objects over the past 30 years makes this book essential reading not only for fellow ceramicists but also anyone interested in the role of materiality and making in the wider cultural field.
Occasional Papers, 2013, 240 pages, 170 × 230mm, Softcover.