A Potter's Book

Bernard Leach

A Potter's Book

Bernard Leach

Distributed for Unicorn Press Ltd

300 pages | 30 color plates, 50 line drawings | 5 4/5 x 8 1/4 | © 2015
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781910065167 Published September 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
When potters throw clay onto a stone, they make a connection across centuries to ancient workshops. The techniques and traditions of these early craftsmen, especially those of China’s Sung dynasty, still inform many of the pottery practices in use today, thanks to the seminal work of Bernard Leach.

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.
Contents
The Leach Legacy by Philip Leach
Leach in Japan by Soyetsu Yanagi
Preface by Michael Cardew
Author’s Preface

1. Towards a Standard
2. Raku - English Slipware - Stoneware - Porcelain
3. Clays
4. The Making of Clay Shapes
5. Decoration
6. Pigments and Glazes
7. Kilns
8. The Workshop

Footnotes
Appendix A - Potters Terms, Tools & Materials
Appendix B - Conversion Charts
Appendix C - Seger Pyrometric Cones
Image Credits
Index
Review Quotes
New York Times
“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.”
Choice
"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."
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