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Posted March 14, 2011
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!
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Posted December 3, 2012
A beautiful book that I return to time and time again. Amazing raku ceramics from around the world that are totally inspiring.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2012
Posted October 1, 2011
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2011