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Potter's Book (Hardcover) (Bernard Leach)

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When potters throw clay onto a stone, they make a connection across centuries to ancient workshops. The techniques and traditions of these early craftsmen, especially those of China’s Sung dynasty, still inform many of the pottery practices in use today, thanks to the seminal work of Bernard Leach.Leach’s A Potter’s Book was among the first to collect ancient workshop traditions for modern use in studios, emphasizing functional work. It became an immediate hit among potters who embraced its ideal of unity, spontaneity, and simplicity of form. Leach, considered the father of British studio pottery, went on to establish of one of the most respected studios in the world with the ideas ofA Potter’s Book at its foundation.With this classic book, potters can learn everything, from how to set up their workshop to how to adapt pigment and glaze recipes to how to design custom kilns. It spotlights four types of pottery: Japanese raku, English slipware, stoneware, and oriental porcelain. Thanks to Leach’s time in Japan and collaborations with master potter Shoji Hamada, it also serves as a fascinating look at the interplay between Eastern and Western art.
When potters throw clay onto a stone, they make a connection across centuries to ancient workshops. The techniques and traditions of these early craftsmen, especially those of China?s Sung dynasty, still inform many of the pottery practices in use today thanks to the seminal work of Bernard Leach.

Leach?s A Potter?s Book was among the first to collect ancient workshop traditions for modern use in studios, emphasizing functional work. It became an immediate hit among potters who embraced its ideal of unity, spontaneity, and simplicity of form. Leach, considered the father of British studio pottery, went on to found of one of the most respected studios in the world with the ideas of A Potter?s Book at its foundation.

With this classic book, potters can learn everything from setting up their workshop to adapting pigment and glaze recipes to designing custom kilns. It spotlights four types of pottery: Japanese raku, English slipware, stoneware, and oriental porcelain. Thanks to Leach?s time in Japan and collaborations with master potter Shoji Hamada, it also serves as a fascinating look at the interplay between Eastern and Western art.
Number of Pages: 367
Genre: Art
Sub-Genre: Ceramics, Techniques / General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Bernard Leach
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2015
TCIN: 16390748
UPC: 9781910065167
Item Number (DPCI): 247-33-0353
$31.50
MSRPReg: $35.00 Save $3.50 (10% off)

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