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Japanese Pottery Handbook [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Penny Simpson , etc. , Kanji Sodeoka , Lucy Kitto
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1 Aug 1979
Everyone interested in pottery and crafts will find this practical guide a valuable addition to both bookshelf and workshop. Penny Simpson, an English potter living in Japan, and Kanji Sodeoka, her Japanese colleague, have compiled a step-by-step manual of the way pots are made in Japan, their forms, and their decorations. The authors give a thorough account of both traditional and modern techniques and also describe in detail tools, materials, glazes, and the setup of workshops and kilns. Lucy Kitto's lettering and sprightly drawings infuse each page with life and clarity. Pottery terms and expressions are listed with their Japanese equivalents, making it possible for the Western potter to arrive at a more intimate understanding of Japanese pottery and, when necessary, to communicate with Japanese potters in their own language. A godsend to potters, students, and collectors, this book will be especially welcome to the growing number of potters who come into direct contact with their Japanese counterparts either at home or in Japan.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc; First Edition edition (1 Aug 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870113739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870113734
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 26.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 585,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Penny. 18 Mar 2013
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Essential for collectors of studio pottery although now a little dated and could use more detail. Ideal until a more detailed version arrives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Japanese Pottery Handbook 29 April 2000
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This informative and delightful book is a must for any potter. With charming and clear illustrations the authors provide information on tools, workshops, forming, decorations, kilns, etc. Even common problems are illustrated! Towards the end of the book, drawings of various forms will prove a valuable resource to many a potter. This book has become a constant reference in my own studio. Please note that two languages are used in the book, Japanese and English, accenting the visual delight of this well designed book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English/ Japanese terminology 21 Jun 2007
By AF Vosloo - Published on
A very basic handbook if you are looking for pottery techniques, but invaluable for the English/ Japanese translations and terminology in hiragana, katakana and kanji for the Western potter who travels to Japan. Not many books around that gives one access to this terminology to enable one to discuss ceramics with the Japanese potter.The terminology regarding forms, descriptions, glazes, underglazes, etc are exellent, with helpfull maps on kiln sites and the different wares found in the different regions of Japan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Jananese Pottery Handbook 1 July 2008
By Susie Hite - Published on
I teach pottery and always have at least one Jananese student in my class. (Some times they speak very little English)
This is the most basic pottery book. There are no color photos but what wonderful step by step instructional sketches, the sheer number of forms and different designs is truly Awesome.
This book is written both in English and in Japanese. I can't tell you how much this book has help bridge the language barrier (I speak Zero Japanese).
My students both Japanese and American love the book. Worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Detailed Book 2 Oct 2011
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First, be aware this book was written in the 1970s, so yes, it is dated. However, that's a plus as well as a minus. There's a wealth of data here about Japanese traditional pottery. It's a delight! How much of this is still true, I do not know. But it's a real treasure for students of traditional Asian pottery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great deal 29 Aug 2007
By D. Zdrazil - Published on
This is an excellent book for the price! Simple and straight forward, it's a great learning tool and gives you some good basic info.
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