The book has 285 pages and 200 pictures of textiles, ironwork, furniture, pottery (including southern face jugs), and on and on. It's a great overview of historical and contemporary work. I was going to say "it doesn't have many details" but that's not true. There are too many details about the leadership and teaching at the various craft schools for example. But you won't find new information about quilts, for example, if you already have knowledge in the area. However, it covers sooo many different kinds of crafts you're bound to learn a lot in other areas.
A quick look at a spread on quilts, since that's my blog's focus. The second picture from the right is one of my favorite quilts ever, Crazy Stars Quilt by Amy Butcher, made c. 1890-1910.
Look at this wonderful box of chocolates. Couldn't you just eat these up? Except they're made of ribbons. Candy Sampler: Creme de la Creme by Candace Kling. You can see more of her work here.
This has to be one of my favorite photos ever. This is Colored Vessel Display by Dante Marioni. Aren't these vases incredible? And arranged this way they look very quiltlike. Do check out more of these displayed here.There is some incredibly beautiful furniture in this book. Just take a look at that bench on the cover. This book just made me want to buy furniture and decorations from individuals, rather than companies. And I definitely want to watch the DVD of Craft in America, which was a series on PBS. Has anyone seen it?
I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. My only real quibble is the price: $60. Ouch. Am I just out of touch on the cost of art books?