Portrait by Sipke Visser. The Craft Reader, edited by Glenn Adamson, 2010. Book cover.
A historian and theorist of craft and design, Dr. Glenn Adamson is deputy head of research and head of graduate studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), where he leads the History of Design graduate program, collaboratively offered by the V&A and the Royal College of Art.
Dr. Adamson is coeditor (with Tanya Harrod and Edward S. Cooke Jr.) of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft and author of Thinking Through Craft (Berg Publishers / V&A Publication, 2007) and The Craft Reader (Berg, 2010). He is a frequent contributor to museum catalogues and magazines including Art in America, Crafts, and American Craft and writes the blog “From Sketch to Product” published at the V&A website.
Dr. Adamson’s other publications include Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World (MIT Press, 2003) and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006). Presently he is working on an exhibition about Postmodernism to be held at the V&A in 2011.