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Illustrated with drawings, diagrams, and black-and-white photographs. Introduction: "Leach in Japan" by Soyetsu Yanagi. Preface by Michael Cardew. Chapters: "Towards a Standard"; "Raku - English Slipware - Stoneware - Porcelain"; "Clays"; "The Making of Clay Shapes"; "Decoration"; "Pigments and Glazes"; "Kilns"; and "The Workshop." Also: Appendix, Postscript, 1975: The Leach Pottery, and Index.
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Bernard Leach (1887-1979) was one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century pottery. Born in Hong Kong and brought up in Japan, Hong Kong and England, he trained at the London School of Art and moved to Japan in 1909, where he studied pottery techniques. In 1920 on his return to England he founded the Leach Pottery with Shoji Hamada in St Ives, Cornwall. His best-known work, A Potter's Book, was first published in 1940.Review:
“With his writings as well as with his ceramics, Leach played a major role in elevating the status of the European potter from craftsman to artist, thereby paving the way for the twentieth-century studio pottery movement.” (New York Times)
"This updated edition of the classic by Leach (British potter and teacher) belongs on every ceramist’s bookshelf. Minor text changes, a look at Leach’s impact on the West, and numerous color photographs make this an even more valuable resource than the 1940 original.
Highly recommended." (Choice)
"This fine new edition of A Potter’s Book, first published in 1940, shows representative images of his work (and sometimes his son David’s) alongside Japanese or Korean wares made from similar bodies or using similar glazes. It is always easy to spot the Leach." (Times Literary Supplement)
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Book Description Transatlantic Arts, 1976. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110693011572