A Potter's Companion

Imagination, Originality, and Craft
By (author) Ronald Larsen
A Potter's Companion
Imagination, Originality, and Craft
By (author) Ronald Larsen

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Pages : 240

Book Size : 8.5 x 11

ISBN-13 : 9780892814459

Imprint : Park Street Press

On Sale Date : November 01, 1992

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 43 b&w illustrations

A literary browser's delight, this anthology of essays, stories, poems, and observations celebrates potters and their craft. Contributors include leading American potters, as well as John Updike, Octavio Paz, Wallace Stevens, and others.

About A Potter's Companion

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
Table of Contents

Table of content


A Potter's Companion
Imagination, Originality, and Craft

Rhymes & Reasons
Tales & Fables

Author Bio
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.


Book Praise

Book Praise

"This is not a book to be read from front to back but rather a book to dip into at random for refreshment of the spirit, for a laugh, for reflection, or in some cases for a challenge to ideas held dear. Each time I have opened it there has been a surprise and something to engage my interest."
From the foreword by Warren MacKenzie, master potter

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