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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
The Hare with Amber Eyes
A Hidden Inheritance
Paperback      ISBN: 0312569378

A New York Times Bestseller
An Economist Book of the Year
Costa Book Award Winner for Biography
Galaxy National Book Award Winner (New Writer of the Year Award)

Edmund de Waal is a world-famous ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots--which are then sold, collected, and handed on--he has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects. When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings, called netsuke, he wanted to know who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to survive.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over five generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds. Yet by the end of the World War II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire.
The Art of Kintsugi: Learning the Japanese Craft of Beautiful Repair
The Art of Kintsugi
Learning the Japanese Craft of Beautiful Repair
Hardcover      ISBN: 076436054x

Beauty in imperfection Learn the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi and understand why, in the way of kintsugi artists, broken is better than new. This is your guide to putting the pieces back together to restore broken plates, vases, and other ceramics and glass items to be even better than before. Starting with repairing a simple dent or crack, you'll gain the skills to reconstruct goblets, vases, plates, spherical objects, and statues. Transform your broken pieces and heirlooms or create new works of art and wearable art with this method. Explore kintsugi's fascinating origins in 1400s Japan, its history, and its philosophy, along with ways to push the boundaries for your creations today. As you repair ceramic and glass objects--kintsugi works both for precious and thrift-store-level items--you'll learn the traditional methods as well as modern methods not taught elsewhere. You'll soon appreciate why kintsugi is the only Japanese art form that has taken a spiritual philosophy as its very purpose.

Body of Clay, Soul of Fire: Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John's Pottery
Body of Clay, Soul of Fire
Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John's Pottery
Paperback      ISBN: 1890434469

"Body of Clay, Soul of Fire" will delight art lovers, potters, and collectors, as well as everyone who is interested in Japanese and Benedictine traditions.

Richard Bresnahan is a preeminent American potter and an ambassador for the natural environment. Reared on a farm in North Dakota, he graduated from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and apprenticed as a potter in Japan. Returning to Saint John's, where he is an artist in residence, he built a massive wood-burning kiln, which, with its innovative flame flues and water channels, dwarfs all other North American kilns. By digging his own clay, using local seeds and hulls as glazing materials, and firing with deadfall, Bresnahan also practices a brand of environmentalism worthy of his Benedictine surroundings.

Urban Potters: Makers in the City
Urban Potters
Makers in the City
Hardcover      ISBN: 141972763x

Clay is back: the age-old craft of ceramics is being embraced by a new generation of urban makers and collectors--and by interior designers. Here, Katie Treggiden explores the con-temporary revival of pottery, focusing on six inspiring cities and their makers. Twenty-five young and passionate ceramicists in New York, London, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Sydney, and Sao Paulo introduce us to their work, their studios, and their inspiration. Urban Potters: Makers in the City will appeal to a broad audience--not only to those who practice pottery themselves, but also to anyone interested in the handmade. The book also includes a practical source list of places to buy handmade ceramics in the six cities featured.

The Craft of the Potter
The Craft of the Potter
Paperback      ISBN: 0812020286

Basic potter's wheel techniques are explained along with methods of decorating and baking. Historical background is sketched.

The Home Potter
The Home Potter
Hardcover      ISBN: 0876631367
Ceramic Horizons: The Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha
Ceramic Horizons
The Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection at Friedenstein Castle in Gotha
Hardcover      ISBN: 3897905205

- First publication of the complete Lotte Reimers Foundation Collection - Three hundred ceramic art objects by 115 international artists Selected artists: Ingeborg & Bruno Asshoff (DE), Antje Br ggemann (DE), Claudi Casanovas (ES), Claude Champy (FR), Daphne Corregan (US), Anne Currier (US), Pippin Drysdale (AU), Karl Fulle (DE), Gerd Kn pper (JP), Beate Kuhn (DE), Enric Mestre (ES), Ken Mihara (JP), Herman Muys (BE), Thomas Naethe (DE), Suku Park (RK), Lotte Reimers (DE), Lucie Rie (UK), Reinhold Rieckmann (DE), Karl & Ursula Scheid (DE), Roland Summer (AT), Ann Van Hoey (BE), Gotlind Weigel (DE), Robin Welch (UK) The 300 works of the Lotte Reimers Foundation showcase the wide spectrum and the diversity of modern ceramic art. The works by 115 international artists, from classical vessels to free sculpture, are to now permanently move to Friedenstein Castle in Gotha, giving rise to this comprehensive publication. As a former gallerist and museum director as well as passionate ceramicist, Lotte Reimers is profoundly grounded in the material and with her unmistakable flair has compiled this collection, which will now remain within the museum. Her engagement and life-long fostering of ceramic art makes her one of the most significant personalities in the European ceramic scene. Text in English and German.

British Ceramic Art: 1870-1940
British Ceramic Art
1870-1940
Hardcover      ISBN: 0887404561

This beautiful, color-illustrated reference of British Art potteries includes detailed accounts of their histories, artists, designers, craftsmen, and personalities, together with a comprehensive list of marks. The ceramics reflect the highly imaginative, diverse art styles of this period, evolving from Arts and Crafts naturalism through preatomic Modernism. Over 250 sharp color and 85 black and white photographs display the innovative, and often quite colorful, bowls, vases, plates and jugs of British manufacture. Lively surface textures and glaze types were developed in this period through a combination of experimentation and experienced knowledge.The book presents all the major art potteries, arranged alphabetically, with detailed text, photographs of typical wares, identifying marks, glossary, bibliography and index. The examples shown here, therefore, represent the best as well as the most typical wares.

Horizon: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics
Horizon
Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics
Hardcover      ISBN: 389790425x

In the early nineteenth century, printed tablewares formed part of the new media of the age. Together with patterned textiles and wallpapers they assimilated, then disseminated the constructs of landscape imagery making the previously exclusive available to many. Printed tablewares played a significant role in the democratisation of artistic imagery as well as the development of cultural and national identities. Eventually, as newer media forms began to supersede the vitrified print, meaning became diluted, so that the genre eventually reached obsolescence and kitsch. Today there is a growing interest in this undervalued material from collectors, curators, museologists and contemporary artists who reference and celebrate the genre. The new artwork is international in nature, reflecting the significant cultural impact printed transferwares had as they were produced and exported around the world. Melding historical enquiry with contemporary practice, the book illustrates how artists re-appropriate this historical genre to observe, record, comment and re-animate.

Royal Delft
Royal Delft
Hardcover      ISBN: 9058563626

A magnificent combination of Royal Delft Porcelain and the floral creations of florist Pim van den Akker.