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Books, CDs, DVDs, VHS - Biographies

The Last Sane Man - Michael Cardew
The life and times of a true pioneer in the field of pot making is beautifully chronicled in this not-to-be missed biography of Michael Cardew. Once and always a maverick, Cardew's rich life is presented with depth and compassion as the reader follows his struggles with his evolution as a potter, coming to terms with his sexuality, and the importance (or not) of making pots. From his early years at Oxford, to his time setting up pottery studios in Africa, to the last part of his life at Wenford Bridge, each phase is dealt with thoughtfully. "The Last Sane Man" captures the magic and majesty Cardew brought to his work, his students, and the world. There is a fine color portfolio of his work included with the text but this book is really about the man. After reading, you will not only find his journey intriguing and inspiring but also come to realize how he influenced two generations of outstanding potters from around the world.

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A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes
“A great book about one of the important potters of our time. Seven artists, critics, historians, and friends, followed by Karen’s own observations, document her life and work. Central, analytical, and factual, it is a fascinating story of creativity and dedication. Inspiring and long over due, it is important reading for all artists.”

- Warren MacKenzie, potter

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Michael Simon: Evolution
“It is wonderful that at one time he realized that his better works were all sold or given away and so he began to save the best out of every firing. These pieces are what we now have to illustrate the changes and growth of his work. He has made a significant contribution to contemporary ceramics.”

- Warren MacKenzie, potter

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The Art of Toshiko Takaezu - In the Language of Silence
“This book is an important addition to writings on Toshiko Takaezu, her life and her work. The author succeeds in combining personal accounts and anecdote with scholarly analysis of her works and their significance to the arts. From the quiet interiors of her vessels to the chiming of her bronze bells, the essays and the images reveal her reverence, her passion, her discipline, and her drive”

- Elaine Olafson Henry, editor & publisher

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Shoji Hamada: A Potter's Way and Work
This is a fascinating portrait of a great potter. It traces his place in the ceramic tradition and reveals his energetic life style, his dazzling work cycle, and intriguing specifics about the firing of his kilns. The text with over 200 new color photographs from Peterson's 1970 stay at Hamada's compound, present a wealth of detail about techniques and process. Equally important are the author's insights depicting Hamada's bequest to us: one whose life was concentrated toward the perpetuation and achievement of fundamental, unchanging and universal values and goals.

In this completely re-designed and updated version of her classic book, Susan Peterson brings together the East-West connection personified by Hamada and Leach. In a completely new concluding chapter, she asses Hamada's ongoing legacy to the world of studio pottery. This is an authoritative account of one of the towering figured in the ceramics world by one of the first people to welcome him to America in the early 1950's. The book is a must for anyone interested in the evolvement of hand pottery and the dynamics of ceramics in general. (10" X 7.25" X 1" Hardcover) 240 Pages with over 200 Full color and some B&W photographs by Susan Peterson

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Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists & Objects - The complete PBS series - DVD
Craft in America explores the significance of the craft movement in the US and its impact on the nation’s cultural heritage. The last two hundred years have brought extraordinary transformation to America—not just in the landscape and culture but also to the myriad communities that crisscross the continent. The three episodes examine the historical relevance of craft, the relationship between artists and their media, and the social and emotional connections that crafts embody. From American Indians and enslaved Africans who worked with indigenous materials to religious people such as Shakers, whose clean lines reflect adherence to simplicity; from designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement for whom handmade objects held a moral integrity and righteousness to the government-sponsored WPA artist who created in the service of their nation, to today’s studio artists reimagining meaning and methods, Craft in America unfolds a rarely examined side of our history. (180 minutes)

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Ruth Duckworth: A Life in Clay
Ruth Duckworth is one of the world’s foremost ceramic sculptors. She is known for her groundbreaking minimalist sculptures as well as her extraordinary mural work. At 88, Duckworth has continued to produce both freestanding and wall-mounted ceramic sculptures, defining her as one of the most important living artists in the medium. Duckworth says of porcelain “a very temperamental material. I’m constantly fighting it. It wants to lie down; you want it to stand up. I have to make it do what it doesn’t want to do. But there’s no other material that so effectively communicates both fragility and strength.” Duckworth’s ork graces museums and private collections around the world. DVD 30 minutes.

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Masters: Porcelain — Major Works by Master Ceramists
This provocative and engaging visual delight presents spectacular porcelain pieces from 40 of the leading international artists working today. Prized for its unique qualities of pristine whiteness, strength, and texture, porcelain is an unusual and notoriously difficult clay whose very definition remains subject to debate. The 40 sculptors and potters who have been chosen by Richard Burkett to appear in this curated collection expand and challenge traditional perceptions of what the medium can — and should — do. Their work represents the great diversity in practice — both technical and aesthetic — that porcelain affords the ceramists who mine its tremendous potential. Claire Curneen presents highly emotive, tactile figurative forms. Edmund de Waal’s elegant celadon site-specific vessel installations are renowned for their meditative presence. Harlan House’s finely carved vessels take inspiration from nature’s organic forms, while Bodil Manz’s eggshell porcelain cylinders are so translucent that you can sometimes discern light shadow passing trough the walls of his pots.(336 pages, 600+color photos, 9” x 8” x 1” / Paper with flaps) by Richard Burkett.

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Fired with Passion: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
This is one of the first books to illustrate the remarkable achievements of ceramic sculpture in post-1945 Japan. Strikingly photographed, the authors discuss and analyze over 230 images of Japanese ceramic art from noted Western collections and Japanese museums. To better understand today’s artists—heirs of the world’s oldest ceramic tradition-- a survey of the history of Japanese ceramic art is included. This book promises to be a revelation to the general art-loving public, Asian art aficionados, and practicing potters. (245 pp/ 230+color photos/ 10” x 12 ¼”/ hardcover)

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Roberta Griffith - A Retrospective
This book is a comprehensive catalog of the artists work covering her ceramics, painting, drawing, and installations as well as various sources of inspiration. With process photos of the artist producing some of her works, this volume is an inspiring addition to any ceramic art library. 157 Pages Softcover with over 200 full color photos. 8.5" X 12" X 1/2"

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Robert Turner - Shaping Silence: A Life in Clay
Robert Turner is one of the most important ceramic artists in the United States today. Distinguishing himself in the art pottery movement of the sixties, Turner rose to prominence when he moved from functional pieces to sculptural forms and began to create a body of work notable for its dynamic yet serene forms.

From the outset, Turner's life and work had a strong spiritual base. His Quaker beliefs and early pacifist views led to his being stationed in work camps during World War II. After the war, he gained wide recognition when he set up the first ceramic studio at the renowned Black Mountain College in North Carolina, known for its leadership of the avant-garde art movement. Decades of distinctive, pioneering work culminated in top awards in the United States and Europe in the 1990's.

Beautifully illustrated with pivotal works spanning the artist's distinguished career, Robert Turner-Shaping the Silence not only relates the compelling story of a young artist's journey toward formal mastery but furnishes essential documentation on one of the most intriguing periods of the American crafts movement. Artists, collectors, and students will find this volume inspirational and invaluable on many levels. (10.5" X 7.75" X 3/4” Hardcover) By Marsha Miro and Tony Hepburn 157 Pages with over 75 full color images.

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The Mud-Pie Dilemma 2nd Edition - A Master Potter's Struggle to Make Art and Ends Meet
The universal dream of doing work you love and earning a living at it forms the heart of this new edition of a book that has become a favorite of many potters. This fresh account of The Mud-Pie Dilemma updates by 25 years the classic story of Tom and Elaine Coleman and their struggles to create a successful, loving marriage and family while master potter Tom seeks to realize his extraordinary potential as a ceramic artist. The first edition of this book ended with them achieving high artistic and critical success, and low financial rewards. This new edition extends their story from 1977 to 2002, from a farmhouse and studio in Canby, to a studio in the dessert outside Las Vegas, Nevada.

A new chapter documents how their lives and work have changed and grown over a quarter-century, and 76 new photographs show their dazzling results. Tom's work achieves new heights of artistry and recognition, and Elaine emerges as a notable artist in her own right.

The Mud-Pie Dilemma also provides inside information-including recipes for 40 of Tom's much-praised glazes-about the craft and art of working in clay. (8.5" X 11" X 3/4" Hardcover) 217 Pages with over 100 B&W photographs, ending with over 80 full color photos. By John Nance.

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One of the world’s most well-known glass artists, Dale Chihuly’s artwork is presented magnificently in this 368-page color book. Glass, which is basically pure glaze, is the medium primarily used here. This book is an excellent addendum for a clay art book collection. Chihuly’s glass has dazzled critics and international audiences and this book is no exception. (11 ¾” X 9 ¾” X 1 ½” Hardcover) (368 Pages 302 Illustrations and 248 color plates) Donald Kuspit

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Clarice Cliff: The Art of the Bizarre
This is a great Art/reference book for collectors and admirers of Clarice Cliff. Her bold, uncompromising work during the Art Deco movement has made her one of the most renown ceramic designers of the 20th Century. This book chronicles her claywork with stunning color photos and explores her life as a creative force in the 1930s and 40s (192 Pp/ 120 Color+100 B&W Photos/ 8”x11”/ HC) (Leonard Griffin)

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The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez (no discount)
Now in paperback! This award-winning book chronicles the life and work of one of the greatest Native American potters. Craft Horizons called this “The most carefully prepared and richly illustrated monograph on a single Indian potter and the influence she has exerted on her family and her pueblo. It is a landmark book that will not date, but serve as a reference for the future.” Highly recommended. (300 Pp/ 337 Color and B&W Photos/ 8½”x12”/ Paperback) (Susan Peterson)

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