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Giorgio Salani

Published date
27 Jun 2018

Towards a taxonomy of artisanal ceramic tableware: a practice-led enquiry into qualities and values in contemporary British and Japanese pottery

College: Central Saint Martins
Supervisors: Dr Matt Malpass, Professor Janet McDonnell, Kathryn Hearn


This research aims to contribute to craft theory with a taxonomy of artisanal British and Japanese tableware pottery which captures the qualities and values engendered in the ceramic ware, and which can inform other craft and design studies. The study will be informed by video-ethnographical recordings of expert potters at work and tested through ceramic practice. The study of Japanese craft helps challenge accepted categories of craft in the UK by comparing processes and standards in the two countries, and develop a taxonomy applicable across these two cultural contexts.