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#1 Red Rocks

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:06 PM

I just finished reading the old thread on potter's who influenced your life, started by Marcia. How about an off-shoot? "The top 5 books on pottery that influenced you the most. I would list mine as:

- Marguerite Wildenhain - The Invisible Core: A Potter's Life and Thoughts
- Bernard Leach - The Potter's Challenge
- Michael Cardew - A Pioneer Potter
- Charles Counts - Pottery Workshop
- Frederick Olsen - The Kiln Book

I am always looking out for new books (or old ones for that matter) on pottery and the philosophy of pottery – so hopefully this will start a thread of us sharing books that have inspired us.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 05:12 PM

Getting it down to 5 is hard
HAMMADA,potter
Clay and glazes for the potter-Rhodes
Stoneware and Porcelain-Rhodes
The Kiln book-Olsen
The art of Firing-Nils Lou

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 08:44 PM

I just finished reading the old thread on potter's who influenced your life, started by Marcia. How about an off-shoot? "The top 5 books on pottery that influenced you the most. I would list mine as:

- Marguerite Wildenhain - The Invisible Core: A Potter's Life and Thoughts
- Bernard Leach - The Potter's Challenge
- Michael Cardew - A Pioneer Potter
- Charles Counts - Pottery Workshop
- Frederick Olsen - The Kiln Book

I am always looking out for new books (or old ones for that matter) on pottery and the philosophy of pottery – so hopefully this will start a thread of us sharing books that have inspired us.


Michael Cardew - Pioneer Potter
Robin Hopper - Functional Pottery
Leila Philip - The Road Through Miyama - memoir about living in a small Japanese village as a pottery apprentice.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 09:02 PM

Here are my top five:
- Out of the Earth, into the Fire: A Course in Ceramic Materials for the Studio Potter
- The Ceramic Spectrum by hopper
- Glazes from Natural Sources by Brian Sutherland
- Wood-Fired Stoneware and Porcelian by Jack Troy
- Gas Burners for Forges, Furnaces, and Kilns by Michael Porter



Then if you are into wood fire like me look into "The log book" series. by Coll Minogue and Robert Sanderson





#5 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 09:12 PM

I would say
for my education early on in ceramics:
- Bernard Leach - The Potter's Book
- Michael Cardew - A Pioneer Pottery
-Stoneware and Porcelain; the Art of High Fired Pottery by Daniel Rhodes
-The short Kiln Building book by Paul Soldner
-The Potters' Alternative by Harry Davis + the Studio Potter Book 1978

and some other favorites for looking at how others made their way in ceramics:
-Grand Feu Ceramics- Taxile Doat
biography of Bernard Palissy by Leonard Amico
Glory in Porcelain , biography of Adelaide Robineau by Peg Weiss
The Ceramics Career of M Louise McLaughlin
Mad Potter of Biloxi

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:46 PM

10,000 years of pottery by Emmanuel Cooper (earlier printings/editions titled Ten thousand years of pottery)

Pottery analysis: a sourcebook by Prudence M. Rice

Pottery in the making: world ceramic traditions edited by Ian Freestone and David Gaimster

Gifts of the Nile edited by Florence Friedman

Ceramics from Islamic lands by Oliver Watson

I love these book threads.


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:32 PM

There are some really great books listed here…should really add some inspirational books to our reading lists. I saw Marcia called out a book about George Ohr, the mad potter of Biloxi. A really amazing character – if you have never heard of him, you should definitely look him up. He was someone way ahead of his time.



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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:52 AM

There are some really great books listed here…should really add some inspirational books to our reading lists. I saw Marcia called out a book about George Ohr, the mad potter of Biloxi. A really amazing character – if you have never heard of him, you should definitely look him up. He was someone way ahead of his time.

I visited his museum in Biloxi last year. it is a growing institution and awesome museum.
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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:19 PM

Piccolpasso's Three Books of the Potter's Art add to my list!

is a great book on traditions during the renaissance. I visited the De Gracie Pottery in Deruta, Italy in 2004 where they were still practicing traditions for majolica production as described in the book.

The Studio Potter's Book , add this one too. Very resourceful.

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:05 AM

I mentioned this one in another thread or two, Penland School of Crafts, Book of Pottery. Ten influential potters from the 60's talking about their work and graphically demonstrating pieces they have done. A short gallery with each potter. Notables are Reitz, Turner, Larsons,  Bringle, Peiser, and Takaezu. Work that I have admired for years, and have borrowed from in my own work.


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#11 Marcia Selsor

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 01:27 PM

Alexandra Copeland wrote a great little book for discovering ceramics collections in Europe. I have used it often.She was a presenter at the Majolica conference in Toronto in 1992. She had them for sale there.

A Guide to Ceramics in European Museums
organized by countries.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 10:22 PM

Kilns..... Rhodes
Japanese woodfired ceramics- kusakabe
Clay glazes....... Rhodes
Stone ware and porcelain- Rhodes

Only 4. But I just found art of firing in a reference library.
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Posted 23 January 2014 - 06:21 AM

I just finished Emmanual Cooper's biography of Lucie Rie. Very inspiring and interesting to read about her life and that of Hans Coper. Also, the Pot Book by Edmund de Waal is a fun coffee-table type book, and he lists artists who work in a similar way on each page. This is a fun aspects as it can send you on a little journey of research and appreciation. The pots are listed alphabetically (by their makers) so you get some interesting juxtapositions as well.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:30 PM

Can anyone recommend some books on 18th ,19th century functional pottery. I am wanting to throw some historically correct mugs, bowls, pitchers, etc.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 07:18 AM

My Top 5 list is a mixed bag of things...but I seem to come back to these:

And thanks to all... I will be adding several of the recommendations in this thread to my wish list!


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 10:02 AM

The Potter's Complete Book of Clay and Glazes by James Chappell

Clay and Glazes for the Potter by Daniel Rhodes

Ceramics A Potters Handbook by Glen C Nelson

Clay Bodies by Robert Tichane

Ceramic Formulas: The complete compendium by John W Conrad


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 05:17 PM

I am repeating myself for the most part. But these are the first ones that pop into my head.

The Potters Booka by Bernard Leach
16th century Piccolpasso's Three books of the Potter
Bernard Pallisey' s biography of his trials and errors in majolica 17 or 18th century
The Potters Craft pre Charles Binns. 19th century

I had a copy that belonged to Dave Finklenberg's Aunt Augusta who lived in Montana
Grand Feu Ceramics by Taxile Doat who worked at the Sevres Porcelain factory before coming to the US to work at the Women's university in St. Louis with Adelaide Robineau.
Paul Soldner's kiln book more like a monograph.
The AP Green Pocket manual with brick combos for arches.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 11:29 AM

I'm reading Hamada Potter by Bernard Leach. What fantastic reading! I was chuckling at some of the stories.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 02:19 PM

I am reading "a potters book" by Leach, I am not done with it, but It has moved me to tears several times.  I am such a sap! 


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 04:42 PM

I "grew up" on "A Potters Book"....... it was the 'bible' when I started clay.

 

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