Utopic Impulses by Ruth Chambers
Contemporary Ceramics Practice

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Utopic Impulses: Contemporary Ceramics Practice brings together ten essays and twenty artist projects to explore ceramics as a socially responsible practice. By framing particular ceramics practices as 'utopic impulses,' this anthology envisions new and stimulating conceptions of how studio ceramics contribute to the social and political fabric of their time. The ten essays by artists and theorists well-known in the field, including Paul Mathieu (2007 Saidye Bronfman Award winner) and Leopold Foulem, 'make a case' for the importance and value of studio ceramics in the public sphere. The artist projects in Utopic Impulses, reflect influences and contexts arising from both local and global concerns. Drawing from a full spectrum of examples, the projects include functional wares, design for industry, conceptual, community-based projects and large-scale installations by artists such as Greg Payce, Jeannie Mah, Sin-Ying Ho, Thrse Chabot, Jamelie Hassan, Anne Ramsden, Diane Sullivan and Les Manning. Each artist project consists of generous visual documentation supported by an artist statement. While the majority of contributors are Canadian, several are from Australia, Ireland and the UK. Bringing together innovative and forward-thinking examples of theory, history and studio practice, this volume will appeal to students, practitioners and educators in the fields of contemporary visual arts, ceramics and craft culture in general.

About Ruth Chambers

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Gogarty is a Calgary artist and writer who teaches at the Alberta College of Art. Ruth Chambers, M.D., has been practicing and teaching medicine for more than 20 years.
Published September 1, 2007 by Ronsdale Press. 316 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, History. Non-fiction

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