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Folk Art Potters of Japan : Beyond an Anthropology of Aesthetics - Brian Moeran

Folk Art Potters of Japan

Beyond an Anthropology of Aesthetics

Paperback Published: 27th August 1997
ISBN: 9780700710393
Number Of Pages: 272

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This is a study of a group of potters living in a small community in the south of Japan, and about the problems they face in the production, marketing and aesthetic appraisal of a kind of stoneware pottery generally referred to as mingei, or folk art. It shows how different people in an art world bring to bear different sets of values as they negotiate the meaning of mingei and try to decide whether a pot is 'art', 'folk art', or mere 'craft'. At the same time, this book is an unusual monograph in that it reaches beyond the mere study of an isolated community to trace the origins and history of 'folk art' in general. By showing how a set of aesthetic ideals originating in Britain was taken to Japan, and thence back to Europe and the United States - as a result of the activities of people like William Morris, Yanagi So etsu, Bernard Leach and Hamada Sho ji - this book not only rewrites the history of contemporary western ceramics, but engages in two important discourses in contemporary anthropology:

"Moeran provides analyses that are thorough, at times brilliant, and constantly compare the theories of Yanagi to the actual workings of the community."

ISBN: 9780700710393
ISBN-10: 0700710396
Series: Anthropology of Asia
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 27th August 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1