Alison Britton: Seeings Things (2nd Edition)
Collected Writing on Art, Craft and Design
Occasional Papers, 2022
Alison Britton’s collected writings review the unstable place of craft in the spectrum of art and design. Now in a second edition, the essays included in Seeing Things reveal that ceramics, her central concern, is an exploratory field that reflects on itself, in dialogue with many other areas of inquiry such as gender and cultural studies. Britton, one of today’s leading ceramicists and a critical writer, has chosen a range of her texts from catalogue essays to exhibition leaflets and reviews, demonstrating a persistent desire to test the boundaries of practice. Her sensibility to formal concerns and evolving ideas about objects over the past forty years makes this book essential for fellow ceramicists and anyone interested in the role of materiality and making in the broader cultural field.