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Masters of Craft: 224 Artists in Fiber, Clay, Glass, Metal, and Wood: Portraits by Paul J. Smith

Masters of Craft: 224 Artists in Fiber, Clay, Glass, Metal, and Wood: Portraits by Paul J. Smith

Paul J. Smith

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This collection of 240 photographs depicts 224 of the twentieth century’s top studio craft artists and designers working in fiber, clay, glass, metal, and wood. The photographs are by Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design. Drawing on Smith’s career of over fifty years as an arts administrator and curator, this book records his extensive interest in meeting art­ists in their studios, as well as at con­fer­ences and national and international events. By reflecting his firsthand experience of the changing currents in twentieth-century craft, these images form a uniquely personal record that captures an important aspect of the history of the studio craft movement. Taken over a thirty-year period, these pho­to­graphs portray both the diversity and common threads of the craft movement, illustrating a community that shares knowl­edge, friendships, and a passion for the handmade object.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 240 b/w photos | 248 pp
ISBN13: 9780764349294 | Binding: hard cover

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Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, is a preeminent authority on twentieth-century craft and design. After first joining the staff of the American Craftsmen’s Council (ACC) in 1957, he served as director of its museum from 1963 to 1987. In addition to organizing more than 200 exhibitions during his directorial tenure, he has been involved in numerous influential craft and design exhibitions and projects in both the United States and abroad. Smith has also been an active trustee and consultant for many cultural organizations throughout the country; currently he serves on the boards of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design, and is an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council.