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Ceramics Craft Forum: In Conversation


“We want to claim back the word ‘craft’!! We are staging a run of ‘in conversations’ with Art Historian Dr. Jonathan Clarkson in our ceramics archive calling upon the history of ceramics research at Cardiff to identify intersections between ceramics and art with our MA’s hopefully running a little like this . . .”

Dr. Natasha Mayo discussing ‘Sloppy Craft’
Dr. Jon Pigott discussing ‘Crafting Technology’
Theo Humpheries discussing ‘Crafting Humour’
Claire Curneen discussing ‘Crafting Narratives’
Dr. Martyn Woodward ‘The Anthropology of Craft

Delighted that these events will be held  in our Special Collections room using material from the Ceramics Collections and Archives.


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Oxford History of Art

Three newly acquired titles from this series are currently on display and can be borrowed now. Hover over each image to see where they will be shelved.

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New Books

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From textiles, to painting to design and more. These new books are currently on display.

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The Anatomy of Colour

New book on display: The Anatomy of Colour by Patrick Baty

anatomy of colour

The Anatomy of Colour is the definitive book on the use of colour and paint in interior decoration over a 300-year period. Drawing on his huge specialist archive, historian and paint expert Patrick Baty traces the evolution of pigments and paint colours together with colour systems and standards, and examines their impact on the colour palettes used in interiors from 1650 to 1960. He first charts the creation in paint of the common and expensive colours made from traditional earth pigments between 1650 to 1799. Next he examines the emergence of colour systems and standards and their influence on paint colours together with the effect of industrialized production on the texture and durability of paints. Alongside the authoritative and revealing text are specially commissioned photographs of pages from rare colour books.

Throughout the book reproductions of interiors from home decor books, highlighting the distinctive colour trends and styles of painting particular to each period, accompany the in-depth analysis of the history of colour and the development and use of paint colours in interior design.

747.9409 BAT

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Women’s Work is Never Done

New to the shelves: Women’s Work is Never Done‘ brings together the twenty most important essays by internationally acclaimed art critic and curator Catherine de Zegher. Her essays on female artists, which have now been collected for the first time, cover a period of thirteen years.

women's work

Currently on display 2nd floor Llandaff Library 704.042 ZEG

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Cartier in Motion

New to the shelves:  Cartier in Motion unravels the unique story of Cartier’s approach to watchmaking and design.


Cartier in Motion
‘Curated by Lord Norman Foster, the book explores the creativity of Cartier. Whilst telling the story of Cartier watchmaking and the invention of the modern wristwatch, Cartier in Motion explores the change in society at the turn of the 20th century. Amidst upheavals in art, architecture, travel and lifestyles, the traces of a new world could be seen’.

Ivory Press.

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Christmas is coming . . . .


Follow this link for Cardiff Met Library’s Christmas opening times

 N.B. No library books were harmed in the making of this tree!





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