Here’s a book I’ve been waiting for for 20 years! It says it’s
“the first comprehensive survey of modern craft in the United States. Makers follows the development of studio craft–objects in fiber, clay, glass, wood, and metal–from its roots in nineteenth-century reform movements to the rich diversity of expression at the end of the twentieth century.”
Makers: A History of American is by Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf. I almost minored in art history in college, and took more in my brief stint in graduate school. I always wanted to take a history of craft class, but there never was one. Okay, there was one on paper, but no one ever actually taught it.
And guess what? This book can also be used as a textbook. See the book’s website for additional info. and features.
The book project has been underway since 2002 and was supported by The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.
If you’re an instructor, note the Instructor Log in feature at the website for more good stuff.
I am really excited about this book and can’t wait to get a copy!