The Japanese Pottery Handbook Paperback – Illustrated, 31 Oct 2014
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"[The Japanese Pottery Handbook] is not a coffee table publication. It is far more useful than that: it is a very practical guide. . . . The publishers describe the first edition, published thirty-five years ago, as loved for its homespun charm, and it is hard to disagree. It has become a classic. This is a revised edition. . . the original authors have added new sections. . .; they have re-drawn many of their illustrations and added twenty-first century material such as useful web addresses. At the end of the book there is a fascinating list of towns where you will find potters or galleries who welcome visitors. It is very much in the tradition of the hands-on approach which was championed by Bernard Leach after his time spent in Japan. . . . Should you have the opportunity to visit or study in Japan the translations of common pottery terms will be invaluable. If you are unable to do so, this book is the next best thing. . . . I shall keep my copy close by. . . ." - CERAMIC REVIEW
About the Author
Penny Simpson's interest in making pots started when she was living in Japan in the 1970s. She loved Japanese food and was intrigued by the way the colors and textures of serving bowls were chosen to complement the food and the season. She studied pottery in Kyoto and explored many of the pottery-making areas of Japan before writing The Japanese Pottery Handbook, which Kodansha International published in 1979. Following her training at the renowned Dartington Pottery in the U.K., Simpson set up her own workshop in Devon, moving to her present location in Moretonhampstead in 1994. She enjoys cooking and making pots which enhance the pleasures of preparing and eating food. She also makes planters, tiles, and commissioned commemorative pieces. Simpson is a member of the Craft Potters Association (U.K.) and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. She sells her work from her own showroom and exhibits widely in the U.K. and abroad. Kanji Sodeoka was Penny Simpson's first pottery teacher and collaborated with her on the original edition of The Japanese Pottery Handbook
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It reflects its newer creation date as the text is now typed (word processed?) so has not quite the quaint charm of the hand written first edition, but it does have more technical information so I strongly recommend it. In fact I bought a second hand copy of the first edition too because I loved it so much!
In either edition there is just so much interesting information.
hand written calligraphy/text and hand drawn diagrams. I saw a friend's copy and loved it so found this 2nd hand copy in practically new condition. I have also bought the current 2nd edition as I wanted the additional newer information.
If you find a first edition it is a real classic in my view. Excellent service too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Charmingly presented book. Very visual. Contains lots of information.Published 2 months ago by Joan
The cutest and most lovingly put-together book. Couldn't reccommend more highly. Great for point-assisted-language in the Japanese pottery studio. Also has locations and more. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer