500 Raku: Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique

500 Raku: Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique

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by Ray Hemachandra, Jim Romberg
     
 
Raku is an ancient ceramics technique enjoying a modern-day renaissance. This groundbreaking new entry in the highly successful 500 series demonstrates the vitality and invention of today's raku ceramics. Objects including cups, plates, bowls, vases, and statuary contribute to this international gallery of work juried by Jim Romberg, one of the leading practitioners

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Raku is an ancient ceramics technique enjoying a modern-day renaissance. This groundbreaking new entry in the highly successful 500 series demonstrates the vitality and invention of today's raku ceramics. Objects including cups, plates, bowls, vases, and statuary contribute to this international gallery of work juried by Jim Romberg, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of raku in the world.

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"500 Raku is a delight. I can imagine how hard it was to select the 500 pieces out of more the 1,200 submissions. The more I explore the book, the more I get an appreciation for the vast imaginative, creative and technical diversity that this technique has evolved into from the traditional tea sets. The book has everything – traditional and contemporary designed teapots and teacups, sculptures varied from classical to whimsical styles, conceptual pieces, wall decorations, abstract work and highly detailed ones. I actually put the book in a place I can browse it daily, because every time I open it, I find new treasures. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for all art lovers, ceramic lovers, and ceramic artists who would like to get inspired." - Moshe Mikanovsky
 
"Who knew that Raku could produce the diversity of styles and beauty that are contained in the pages of this book. You will find delicate beauty, humorous whimsy, bold design and serene simplicity on these pages. For some reason this '500' book has grabbed me a bit more than some of the titles.What's a bowl and vessel lover to do but continue to look through the pages of this book -- and dream!" - Books by the Willow Tree
 
"I like raku. Pretty much all of it. Until I saw this new Lark book, 500 Raku, I had no idea the variety of looks that raku artists were achieving. Naked raku, sprayed glazes, alcohol reductions, ferric chloride, underglazed, wheel-thrown, press-molded ... and such beautiful beautiful stuff! This is an inspiration book. How can I pick favorites among so much fabulous work? This book is a visual feast." - Mixed Media Artist 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600592942
Publisher:
Lark Crafts
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
500 Series
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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500 Raku: Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ZQuilts More than 1 year ago
This is the latest in Lark's pith-perfect 500 series. If you love objects the way I do then this is a series that you should investigate - because if you like it - there is "500" book for you - or will be soon!. When I opened this book I had to chuckle to myself because this book is so full of beautiful work. I collect bowls and vessels. I enjoy holding them - it's such a satisfying shape. I am not a potter and I have never thrown a bowl or vessel before but I know it must be magic - looks at the amazing results! Raku is an ancient technique originating in 16th century Japan. I have always admired the array of effects that seem to be possible with this unique technique. The juror for this book was Jim Romberg who is the "master ceramist ... of the Eagleheart Center for Arts and Inquiry; Romberg headed the Ceramics Department of Southern Oregon University for two decades. " The editor is Lark's own Ray Hemchandra who has a lot of experience with all things beautiful - he heads the Beading and Jewelry division of Lark Crafts, among other things. Who knew - surely not a non-potter like me - that Raku could produce the diversity of styles and beauty that are displayed in the pages of this book. You will find delicate beauty, humorous whimsy, bold design and serene simplicity in these pages. For some reason this "500" book has grabbed me a bit more than some of the titles - perhaps that's because I am not a potter by I admire the medium and covet the results of the art form. What's a bowl and vessel lover to do but continue to look through the pages of this book - and dream!
MuddyRV More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book that I return to time and time again. Amazing raku ceramics from around the world that are totally inspiring. 
JoyWarePottery More than 1 year ago
Such a wide range of ceramic art. Simply fabulous!
MissmarpleNJ More than 1 year ago
I love this series, the quality of the work is inspirational. The Raku book is exceptional. This book makes a beautiful gift, but I bought it for myself. Do it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must for lovers of Raku.