Form and Surface

African Ceramics from the William M. Itter Collection

Diane Pelrine


From marvellous contrasts in both colour and texture to pleasingly proportioned forms and elegant curves, the ceramic vessels illustrated in this stunning volume represent outstanding examples of handmade objects that transcend their intended use in everyday life. Organised into five sections that explore virtuosity, form, colour and burnishing, decoration and the effects of use, this fully and richly illustrated book celebrates the outstanding collection of African ceramics held by the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art.

Author information

Diane Pelrine, PhD, former Raymond and Laura Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Eskenazi Museum of Art, is a longtime colleague of the collector Bill Itter.