Form and Surface

African Ceramics from the William M. Itter Collection

Allison J. Martino

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 209 4

    Size: 280 x 240

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 192

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    Date published: February, 2019

    Date published: October, 2023

    UK £39.95 /US $49.95


This volume highlights one of the most significant collections of African ceramics in the United States, distinguished for its breadth and representation of women’s excellence in ceramics. Collected by William M. Itter, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Indiana University, the scope of ceramics in this collection is wide-ranging, representing sixty-five different ethnicities and over twenty countries in Africa.

This volume features a selection of around eighty African ceramics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that illustrate a range of approaches to art making. It presents these ceramics through sections organized around topics that explore ceramics through different lenses of place, time, artistic media, and cultural identity. These sections address issues related to cross-cultural exchange, cultural diversity, embodiment, temporality, and spirituality. Organized by the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, this richly illustrated volume celebrates the remarkable work and contributions of women artists.

Author information

Allison J. Martino is the Laura and Raymond Wielgus Curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and Indigenous Art of the Americas at the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art. She earned her PhD in the History of Art from the University of Michigan.