Very Good/Very Good. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall 0-87011-228-7 Inscribed and Signed By Author Crafts if a single man could be named as most responsible for giving new life and impetus to the techiques of the traditional potter, it would be Shoji Hamada. This is the first book to offer a view of his daily life and work. Author Susan Peterson spent 4 months with Hamada in 1970 as a friend and observer. 239 pp including appendix, glossary and index.
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.
ISBN 0-87011-228-7. Hardback. First Printing. Very good condition book, with some browning to edges of interior pages, some fading on top edge of covers, slight brownspotting on top edge of book, in a Very good condition dustjacket, with minor rubs and creases to jacket edges. Tight, sound, unmarked copy, except for author's signature and inscription "Happy Birthday to Dear X-with love and thanks for all the years of knowing-Susan Peterson Idyllwild 1975"on inside front endpaper. $15.95 original price is present and unclipped on front flap of dustjacket. Slight musty odor.
Hardcover with dustjacket. 4to. First edition. SIGNED, dated and inscribed by author on front endpaper. Book is in near fine condition; edges of boards are lightly sunned. Jacket is in VG+ condition; there is light scuffing to cover, and edges are rubbed. Not price-clipped. 239 pp.
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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