Tanya Harrod
Tanya Harrod trained as an art historian. She is the author of the prize-winning The Crafts in Britain in the Twentieth Century (Yale University Press 1999). She has organised many exhibitions and contributes regularly to The Burlington Magazine, The Spectator, Crafts and The Times Literary Supplement. She is writing a biography of the potter Michael Cardew for Yale University Press and is researching a broadly-based study of the meaning of the handmade for Reaktion Books. Her current interests include the vernacular in relation to modernism, art education in sub-Saharan Africa in the colonial period, notions of wealth and poverty in early twentieth century Britain and the effect of the New Media on the applied arts. She is on the Advisory Panel of
the Journal of Design History, of The Burlington Magazine and of Interpreting Ceramics and is Advisor to the Craft Lives Project based at the National Sound Archive of the British Library. With Glenn Adamson and Edward S Cooke she is the editor The Journal of Modern Craft (to be launched Spring 2008).


tanya harrod
Date of Birth: 7 July 1951

e-mail: tanya@harrod4.demon.co.uk

University of York 1969-72 BA Hons History/English
University of Oxford D.Phil Modern History 1978 (supervisor, Professor Francis Haskell)

Career History
- Course Tutor, Open University 1978-1988
- London correspondent Art International 1983-4
- Commissioning Area Editor responsible for coverage of patronage and collecting, Macmillan Dictionary of Art 1985-6
- Regular "Crafts" column in The Spectator commences 1986 and continues
- Architecture, design and craft correspondent The Independent on Sunday 1989-1994
- External Examiner, History & Theory of Art and Design, Cardiff Institute of Higher Education 1990-1993
- Critic in Residence, Canadian Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Summer 1992
- London Arts Board - Visual Arts and Crafts Advisor 1994-1995
- Fellow in Critical Appreciation of Craft and Design, University of East Anglia September 1995 - January 1997
- Convener of Obscure Objects of Desire? Reviewing the Crafts in the 20th Century, UEA January 1997
- Keynote speaker at The Persuasive Object, Auckland, New Zealand, Spring 1998
- Peter Dormer Lecture, Royal College of Art, London, December 1998
- Keynote speaker at Ceramic Millennium 99, Amsterdam July 1999
- Ceramics Arts Foundation Award for distinguished service to the Ceramic Arts, 1999
- advisor to Crafts Lives for the National Life Story Collection, National Sound Archive, British Library, 1999 and ongoing
- Keynote speaker Pixelraiders: Applied artists and digital technologies, March 2002
- Keynote speaker 15th Annual International Creators conference, Habourfront, Toronto, Canada, January 2003
- Keynote speaker, Collecting Now, British Museum, March 2003
- Annual Craft Victoria Lecture, Melbourne 2005
- Designing Modernity lecture series series, Cracow, Poland, March 2006
- Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art, London, February 2000 – ongoing

Selected Bibliography
(excluding all journalism, short articles and lectures. For keynote conference talks, see above)

Art and Its Images: an exhibition of printed books containing illustrations after Italian paintings(with Christopher Lloyd), Bodleian Library, Oxford 1975

A Study of the Arundel Society 1848-1897, unpublished D. Phil thesis 1978

Pots and Fine Art in Fast Forward edited Peter Dormer, ICA 1985

New Ceramics, Winchester School of Art 1985

Art and Its Objects in Craft Matters, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton 1985

Potted History: a selective survey of the last twenty years of British ceramics, Gardner Centre Gallery, University of Sussex, 1986(also curator)

Gillian Lowndes: New Ceramic Sculpture, Crafts Council 1987

John Ruskin and the Arundel Society, Apollo, March 1988

From "A Potter's Book" to "The Maker's Eye": British Studio Ceramics 1940-1982 in The Harrow Connection, Ceolfrith Press 1989.

"The Breath of Reality": Michael Cardew and the Development of Studio Pottery in the 1930s and the 1940s, Journal of Design History, vol 2, nos 2&3, 1989

Picasso's Ceramics, Apollo, May 1989

Studio Pottery: Oral Evidence and some problems in writings its history, Oral History, vol 18, no 2, Autumn 1990

Alison Britton: Ceramics in Studio, Bellew Publishing 1990(also curator)

Falls the shadow: the crafts in Britain in the twentieth century in Arts & Crafts to Avant-Garde: Essays on the Crafts from 1880 to the Present, edited Rosemary Hill, The South Bank Centre 1992

Dartington and the Crafts in Dartington: 60 Years of Pottery 1933-1993 edited David Whiting, Dartington Cider Press 1993

Factfile on the History of the Crafts Council, Crafts Council 1994

Paradise Postponed: William Morris in the Twentieth Century in William Morris Revisited: Questioning the Legacy edited Jennifer Harris, Whitworth Art Gallery/Crafts Council 1996

Editor of Obscure Objects of Desire: Reviewing the Crafts in the 20th Century - the conference papers, Crafts Council 1997

Editor of two special issues of the Journal of Design History -Craft, Culture and Identity, vol 10, no 4, 1997 and Craft, Modernism and Modernity, vol 11, no 1, 1998.

The Crafts in Britain in the Twentieth Century, Bard Graduate Centre for Studies in the Decorative Arts and Yale University Press, 1999

The Pleasures of Peace: Mid-Century Craft and Art in Britain, Sainbury Centre for Visual Art, University of East Anglia and touring to Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 24 April - 20 June 1999 and to Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery

For love and not for money”: reviving “peasant art” in Britain 1880-1930 in (eds) David Crowley and Lou Taylor, The Lost Arts of Europe: The Haslemere Museum Collection of European Peasant Art, Haslemere Educational Museum, 2000

British Ceramics: a discussion document in Britisk Keramik.2000.dk edited Lise Seisboll, Keraikmuseet Grimmerhus, Rhodos 2000

Carol McNicoll in Carol McNicoll: Knick-Knacks, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2000

Introduction in System + Structure: Jonathan Parsons, James Hockey Gallery, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, 2000

East by South West: the Vessel and Twentieth Century Studio Ceramics, Papers, International Ceramics Symposium, Ichon, South Korea, 2001

House-trained objects: notes towards writing an alternative history of modern art in (ed) Colin Painter, Contemporary Art and the Home, Berg 2002

The Construction of taste: the Leach Pottery in Context in Journey to St Ives, Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, 2003

Carol McNicoll, Lund Humphries 2003

Contemporary Craft Collecting at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear Museums 2003

Memory-work: recent ceramics by Neil Brownsword in Neil Brownsword: Collaging History, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on Trent, 2005

Studios, Academies and Workshops: Ceramic Education from the mid-nineteenth century to World War Two in (ed) Garth Clark, Ceramic Millennium: Critical Writings on Ceramic History, Theory and Art, NCAD Press, 2006

Regular contributions to the The Burlington Magazine, Crafts, Resurgence, TLS, The Spectator

Prizes(for The Crafts in Britain in the Twentieth Century)
College Art Association (USA) Historians of British Art Book Award 1999
Sir Bannister Fletcher Award 2000
The Design History Society Scholarship Prize 2001

Recent Awards
Japan Foundation Grant to research the mingei movement 2004
Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art 2004
British Academy Small Research Grant August 2005

Current Research
A life of the potter Michael Cardew(for Yale University Press)
A study of the meanings of the hand-made(for Reaktion Books)

Professional Consultancy/Societies
Advisor to the ‘Craft Lives’ project, National Life Story Collection, British Library

Member Peter Dormer Memorial Lecture Committee

Advisory Board, Journal of Design History

Member of the International Association of Art Critics

Member of Critics Circle

Member of the Editorial Board of Interpreting Ceramics

Advisory Board The Burlington Magazine

With Glenn Adamson and Edward S. Cooke editor of The Journal of Modern Craft (to be launched Spring 2008)

External Examining
Ph.D external for Pamela Manasseh, The Brynmawr Experiment: Its contribution to the Arts and Crafts Tradition, 2002-

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