Books and magazines
CAA offers an extensive range of books on applied arts. From technical guides to monographs and exhibition catalogues on many makers.
The range of titles is being developed all the time so please give us a call and we can see if we have what you are looking for in stock or we may be able to order it for you.
We are also planning to have some special editions signed by the makers so watch this space for our latest offers.
We also stock a range of contemporary craft and arts magazines. Again, this is an area we are developing so do please contact us if you are looking for a specific title.
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Making and Drawing
Informed by interviews with artists across a broad range of disciplines, and often with special access to their sketchbooks and studios, Kyra Cane explores the many ways in which artists use drawing to inform, inspire and create their work. She describes how makers draw to record source material, as a form of planning, to develop surface decoration and three-dimensional forms, as a way of thinking about and reflecting on their work, and how they use new technology.
Lavishly illustrated and thoughtfully constructed, Making and Drawing sheds new light on contemporary artists' practice. It is an essential read for visual arts students, artists who want to use drawing differently or explore its potential in their practice, and anyone who wants to know more about the secret stories behind the creation of these works.
Ceramics Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker
The book walks the reader through the entire ceramic design process. It examines traditional methods alongside gorgeous contemporary styles and adaptations, to offer a unique and inspirational insight into the art and craft of ceramics for today’s artisan.
Interviews with leading international designers provide an understanding of the range of different working methods, materials, and developing techniques. Ceramics features step-by-step workshops, 700 full-colour illustrations and photographs and instructions on ceramic methods and techniques. The comprehensive resource section details the practicalities of learning about and selling ceramics in the contemporary market.
Louisa Taylor is a multi-award-winning ceramicist based in London. Alongside producing and selling her own range of internationally successful tableware, Louisa also teaches at the University of Brighton, and she is a professional member of the Crafts Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts.
What is it about a pot that makes the heart leap? It is not just the careful making process based on years of skill, though that helps. It is not the form, however original and refined. It is not the surface with its marriage of clay body and glaze or, in the case of pots by Gabriele Koch, burnished slip and smoke. There is something that lies beyond skill and experience: it is passion,
an intensity which is evident in the work of Gabriele Koch.
David Attenborough uses the word ‘elemental’ to describe her ceramics, emphasising the importance of earth and fire, common to all pottery but visually evident in Gabriele’s work. He recognizes her original inspiration, which was the anonymous pots from hot dry lands such as Spain and India, pots which come from the hand and from the heart.
In her work there is a continuous slow and purposeful development. Every exhibition includes new forms and surfaces as part of the process of enclosing space in a ceramic shell, often thin and tight like a membrane, complemented by a depth of surface patterning and subtle colour.
In collaboration with the potter to produce a book which documents over a quarter of a century of pot making, we have chosen illustrations of one hundred pots. I believe they show both serenity and the passion which makes the heart leap.
Tony Birks 2009