Near Fine Condition in Near Fine jacket. 239 pages. Boards are square, flat and clean. Book has slight tilt. Tight binding. Dust jacket has very minor shelf wear, with light soiling to white section of back panel. Has been placed in removable protective cover. Edges of text block slightly foxed. Interior is clean and unmarked. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Art & Design; ISBN: 0870112287. ISBN/EAN: 9780870112287. More pictures upon request. Inventory No: 54323.
Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 0870112287. Color and black and white photographs. First edition. From the private library of journalist and publisher James Strohn Copley with his decorative book-plate on the front paste-down. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 0870112287. SIGNED and inscribed on title page by Susan Peterson. 239 pages. Profusely illustrated in color and black and white. Tight, clean and crisp. A hint of very light shelf wear to price clipped and slightly rubbed dustjacket, otherwise fine. No remainder mark. Not ex-library. An excellent copy now protected in a new Mylar cover. F/NF.; 4to-over 9 3/4"-12" tall.; Signed by Author.
Shoji Hamada was one of the greatest Potters not only in Japan but also in the UK (and the world) where he worked with Bernard Leach at St. Ives. There are more formal biographies ,especially one by Leach, but this book concentrates upon his work. It is a very accessible narrative about his way of working, his art and craft and tells in detail how he pots and works. At the same time as you feel the clay beneath your fingers you also begin to get to know the man and those around him. Peterson, herself a potter, slowly exposes the little details, the domestic life of a great man. Hamada was a great man both in his pottery and with his support and guidance for the Mingei movement. There is a deep, spiritual experience at work beneath the gentle descriptions of pots being glazed or a kiln being loaded.
If you already think you know something about pottery or any craft for that matter, this book will only add to your understanding. If you know of Hamada's work then this will underpin everything you already know. If you are curious to know how an artist works and lives then this is a wonderful introduction to the whole creative process.
The book is also lavishly illustrated, especially with photo-journalistic-like black and white pictures of the minutia of daily life and work.
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