A Potter's Book
Distributed for Unicorn Press Ltd
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 of A 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.
Leach in Japan by Soyetsu Yanagi
Preface by Michael Cardew
1. Towards a Standard
2. Raku - English Slipware - Stoneware - Porcelain
4. The Making of Clay Shapes
6. Pigments and Glazes
8. The Workshop
Appendix A - Potters Terms, Tools & Materials
Appendix B - Conversion Charts
Appendix C - Seger Pyrometric Cones