December 2016 Academic & Specialist Reaktion Books

The Grain of the Clay: Reflections on Ceramics and the Art of Collecting Allen S. Weiss


Hardback | Dec 2016 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780236421 | 224pp | 216x138mm | RFB | AUD$44.99, NZD$54.99

The Grain of the Clay deepens our appreciation of ceramics while providing a critical meditation on collecting. Weiss examines the vast stylistic range of ceramics, investigating the reasons for viewing, using and collecting them. He explores ceramic objects’ relationship with cuisine as an art and as a part of everyday life. Ceramics are increasingly finding their rightful place in museums and Weiss shows how this newfound engagement with finely wrought natural materials might foster an increased ecological sensitivity.  The Grain of the Clay will appeal to the collector in every one of us.