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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (29 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713670983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713670981
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a useful guide to how the creative process works and a glorious sourcebook of images' London Potters newsletter, October/November 2009

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Carolyn Genders has been a professional ceramicist for over 20 years. She is a fellow of the Craft Potters Association and the Society of Craftsmen-Designers.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By serenemoon on 14 Sept. 2007
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I have been fortunate enough to meet with Carolyn Genders and watch her work, she is an inspiration and loves sharing her way of working. Carolyn's book is simply a must have for anyone interested in making ceramics it encourages you to look at things around you in a different way, and by documenting anything that takes your fancy or catches your eye carolyn's book shows how to use that in your work by example. her photographs and sketchs are amazing, if you get a chance to meet with her in person and do a workshop you will be amazed at what she will encourage in you. this is a beautiful well thought out book which will inspire any artist who owns it.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By K GOODALL on 18 Feb. 2003
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This is not only a great source of inspiration for artists but also a fantastic eye opener and education for those who want to be enthused by every day life. It is a "must have" for anyone who is looking but not seeing what they are looking at.
Personally my favorite part of the book refers to reflections. In every lake, pond, puddle and sink of water I now see the reflections that Carolyn refers to as full of mystery and promise, and understand the atmosphere and moods that are created by the mirror image. How these are then transfered onto the beautiful pots in her work is fascinating.
A clever combination of Carolyn Genders inspiration for her work and also her obvious passion for life makes this book a one off and I would recommend it to anyone from any walk of life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HC on 3 July 2010
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I have loved this book for a long time, and finally bought my own copy this year. I think the visuals are brilliant, and show how you can take something real and break it down into sketches, pattern and final artwork ideas. It is a really good book to use when teaching, as pupils can see how imagery can be reinterpreted or turned into pattern. The visuals also show a good variety of media. This isn't just for ceramics as I use textiles and print.
I would recommend this book to teachers without a doubt, as I think the ideas are great for sketchbook studies and design / mood board experiments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on 5 Nov. 2010
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Despite the ceramics element, this book is a really great source of inspiration for all aspects of the development of imaginative sketchbooks. I use it to support teaching KS4 Art students. I have got a copy at home and have bought copies for friends and family who are into art. A real "Must have".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Miss K TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2009
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I bought this book because it had some great reviews here on amazon. The book is supposed to be inspiring but the photography is poor and the content is mediocre.

The book primarily shows you how you can use nature as a source of inspiration and then apply it to your work e.g. the natural pattern and texture found in a leaf can be replicated in an abstract way to a clay pot you're making. I don't know if it's just me but the the ideas and techniques shown are just too basic. If you are a complete beginner having never touched clay in your life, this book will be ok for you as a starting point but if you're quite a creative person already and looking for something to inspire you with more imaginative ideas, this book is best avoided!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2009
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Everyone I know who has seen this book has found it inspiring. True it is perhaps best for beginners, but if you are that creative and apply criticism, ask yourself why you were buying the book looking for ideas. There is plenty here to furnish your own imagination no matter what your skill level.
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