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Tanya Harrod

Tanya Harrod is an independent design historian, living in London, who writes widely on craft, art, and design. Her major study, The crafts in Britain in the twentieth century, was published in 1999. The last sane man, her biography of the potter Michael Cardew, was published in 2012; for this book she was awarded the James Tait Black Prize for biography. She is co-editor of the The Journal of Modern Craft.

Books

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The real thing: essays on making in the modern world

Tanya Harrod

Over thirty years, Tanya Harrod has written on craft for newspapers, magazines, and journals. As these essays show, there are no boundaries in her vision: art is considered in the light of craft, and craft in the light of art; design is present too – developing and sometimes separating from craft and art. In part these essays document the development of these shifts, looking always at the particular, vivid embodiment. The real thing is a surprising and substantial contribution to the literature of ‘making’.

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Journal

Tanya Harrod in conversation

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2016.05.11

On 10 March at the Vitra showroom in London, Tanya Harrod spoke about her work as a writer, in conversation with Grant Gibson, editor of Crafts. This was one of the magazine’s series of Book Club events. For its illumination of her book The real thing and for its discussion of issues in the present art/craft scene, the conversation is well worth listening to. Read more

New book, new CD

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2015.02.05

Copies of our new book, Tanya Harrod’s The real thing, arrived before Christmas. We published it formally on 22 January, launching it that evening at a reception at the Art Workers’ Guild in London. The book, which gathers over 30 years’ worth of writing for magazines, journals and newspapers, follows the loose format of previous collections – Peter Campbell’s At … and Robin Kinross’s Unjustified texts. Like those two books, this one was printed in Belgium (Die Keure) and bound in the Netherlands (Binderij Hexspoor). Read more

Some considerations on biography

Tanya Harrod / 2000.11.24

We are pleased to publish this address given by Tanya Harrod to the meeting on 10 October 2000 at the Conway Hall, London, to launch the book ‘Anthony Froshaug’. Read more