A Potter's Companion: Imagination, Originality, and Craft

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Ronald Larsen
Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Nov 1, 1992 - Crafts & Hobbies - 220 pages
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In a celebration of the functional and the handmade, potter Ronald Larsen has gathered an engaging collection of essays, stories, poems, and observations by a wide range of potters, writers, philosophers, and other artisans, exploring the history, aesthetics, and philosophy behind making pots--or anything else--by hand.

Includes, among others, the writings of:
Marguerite Wildenhain--A Potter's Philosophy
Octavio Paz--Use and Contemplation
Lafcadio Hearn--The Tale of the Porcelain-God
John Updike--From the Journal of a Leper
Jamake Highwater--Illusions of Originality
Wallace Stevens--Anecdote of the Jar
Bernard Leach--The Potter's Challenge
 

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Contents

Why Make Pots in the Last Quarter of the 20th Century?
2
Shards
9
The Last Firing
11
Potters Zombies and Others
12
Shards
17
The Song of Jethro the Potter
19
Harmonizing Imagination and Logic
20
Shards
21
On Nothing
80
Illusion of Originality
81
Shards
85
With Beauty May I Walk
86
In Defence of Tradition
87
Shards
90
The Need to Win
91
Pottery and the Person
92

Museum Vase
22
A Pot in Sonata Form
23
Shards
25
RSVP
26
Criticism in Ceramic Art
27
Shards
30
A Reply
31
A Potters Philosophy
32
Shards
37
What Magic
39
Design Proposes Workmanship Disposes
40
Shards
43
Anecdote of the Jar
44
The Workmanship of Risk and the Workmanship of Certainty
45
Shards
49
Fragments
50
Making Music Versus Merely Playing the Piano
51
Shards
55
De Pottenbakker
56
The Potters Challenge
57
Shards
65
Clay
67
Ceramics and The State of Art
68
Shards
74
Those Who Seek Fame and Profit
75
Mystery of Beauty
76
Shards
79
Shards
95
The Potmaker
96
An Historical Review of Art Commerce and Craftsmanship
98
Shards
110
All These Rely on Their Hands
111
Use and Contemplation
113
Shards
123
The Firing
124
A Journey Shared
125
Shards
127
What Is a Pot
128
Tales Fables
131
The Tale of the PorcelainGod
132
Pale Pink Porcelain
137
The Potters of Firsk
142
Time Shards
155
The Greek Had No Word For It
162
Legends of Ahimsa
174
The New Disciple
179
A Gujrati Potters Legend
187
The Potters Hands
189
From the Journal of a Leper
191
The Potters Visitors
199
The Clay War
202
Index
219
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A former professor of mathematics at Yale University who holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Ronald Larsen established Crary Mills Pottery in New York State in 1978. Since then, he has been a full-time studio potter who makes functional stoneware pottery using traditional hand methods. His work has been exhibited throughout the country.

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