This book focuses on the art deco ceramics that were produced by the British pottery industry during the late twenties and early thirties, shown through hundreds of color photographs. It covers all the important aspects of the popular style from its origins in France, its breakthrough in Britain and shows how the style evolved during the early thirties.
The background of art deco is examined by author Andrew Casey and he goes on to explore how it developed in France during the early part of the twentieth century, how European designers created new shapes and patterns and, finally, how these ideas eventually made their way into British design.
Art Deco Ceramics in Britain
looks at the well-established factories such as Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd and Minton who produced the top of the range wares for the upper classes and how they were forced, due to market forces, to produce art deco-styled wares. At the same time, the smaller factories were able to respond quickly to the art deco style, using hand painted decoration, which was an important feature of art deco patterning with well-known names such as Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper whose ceramics are still popular today.
Also documented in the book are concise yet comprehensive biographies of many smaller factories that may not be as familiar. This listing provides an invaluable source as well as ideas for new areas of collecting.