Zen and the Art of Pottery

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Weatherhill, 1989 - Architecture - 133 pages
Pottery is an art of essentials: earth, water, and fire, guided by the human element of spirit. Zen is also concerned with the basics: the training of the mind and body, the ultimate craftsmanship of the soul. Zen and the Art of Pottery explores the links between pottery and Zen, between art, life, and spirit.

This unique book is at once a celebration of pottery, the art and its traditions, and a hands-on guide to its methods. The first chapters discuss principles and practice, discipline and tradition--the Zen potter's attitudes to life and work. Later chapters translate those ideas into practical potting techniques, presenting both rudimentary and advanced lessons. The book also includes photographs and descriptions of pots by the author, his Japanese master, his students, and by a number of renowned modern potters.

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Clay as Elemental Wholeness
The Great Tradition
The Community of Work

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About the author (1989)

Kenneth R. Beittel is an eminent educator and potter, who taught at Pennsylvania State University for thirty-one years until his retirement in 1984. He maintains his own kiln and has had more than twenty-five solo exhibitions in the United States and Japan.

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