Item Number: 119127
Title: The Last Sane Man : MICHAEL CARDEW : Modern Pots, Colonialism, and the Counterculture
Author: Harrod, Tanya
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Description: New Haven: Yale University Press, Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2012. 24cm., hardcover, 380pp., 30 color, 90 b&w illus. Summary : British studio potter Michael Cardew (1901–1983) was a man of paradox, a modernist who disliked modernity, a colonial servant who despised Empire, and an intellectual who worked with his hands. After graduating from Oxford in 1923, he made majestic slipware alongside legendary potter Bernard Leach. Wartime service in Ghana made Cardew fiercely critical of British overseas policies; he remained in West Africa intermittently until 1965, founding a local tradition of stoneware. Beginning in the late 1960s, he traveled through Australia and North America, teaching pottery and demonstrating against racism and its consequences. By the time of his death, he had established himself as one of the finest 20th-century potters and as a voice of political dissent and counterculture. This is the first biography of his remarkable life. Harrod's engaging narrative includes interviews with friends, students, and Cardew's two surviving sons. Also included are previously unpublished photographs of Cardew and his family, as well as color images of his work.
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