Creation out of Clay: The Ceramic Art and Writings of Brother Thomas / Edition 1

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In this book of collected essays on recent works in porcelain, Brother Thomas Bezanson explores his mind and the process of creation to which he has dedicated his life. He exposes to the reader his deepest thinking, side by side with illustrations of the precious fruits of his labor: the multitude of porcelain vases, plates, and tea bowls that he produces in his modest studio.
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""This is a beautiful book about beautiful things," writes Joan Chittister in her preface, but those words cannot begin to prepare the reader for the essays and striking four-color photographs of Brother Bezanson's porcelain works in this fine book. Brother Bezanson has been praised throughout the pottery community in general, and specifically by Japanese ceramist Tatsuzo Shimaoka, as one of the greatest artists in the Western pottery world. He speaks of his faith and the process of creating from clay in a manner that allows the reader to believe that these seemingly disparate experiences are in fact similar....This book is perfect for any lover of ceramic or porcelain art."
"A gift of profound beauty to a public often starved for an experience of transcendental goodness and truth which ennobles the human spirit and raises the mind and heart above the levels of the merely commercial, the superficial, and the trendy. Creation out of Clay brings together elegant photographs of the porcelain pots, plates, vases, and cups of Brother Thomas Benzanson, along with his philosophical reflections on his vocation as an artist..... The sensually beautiful photographs of brilliantly glazed vessels can be appreciated only if they are seen, but the essays give one a thirst for the visual experiences.... The vessels illustrated in this handsome volume truly reveal the spirit of their creator, a spirit which the distinguished Japanese ceramicist Tatsuzo Shimaoka describes as residing in "one of the greatest artists in the Western pottery world.""
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802838704
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: FIRST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Thirst for Beauty, Thirst for Soul 11
Collected Essays Of Brother Thomas 29
Section I: Art and Intuition 30
"Practice Music, Socrates" 31
Outer Space/Inner Space: Of Singularities and Spiritualities 37
Ars, Artis 41
Art & Religious Experience 53
Section II: The Potter's Art 66
Inner Eye 67
A Reflection on "Recognition" in Art 73
Alchemy and the Potter's Art 79
Bigger Tiger/little tiger 87
Section III: The Quest for Oneness 104
Enrolement sur Soi-meme 105
The Pathways to Simplicity 111
Freedom: First Gift/Last Gift 119
Beauty & Hope: the Millennial Eggs 133
Memoir: Remembering 151
Photo Essay: The Work of His Hands 185
Appendix 199
Biographies: Brother Thomas Bezanson 200
Biographies: Bill Aron 201
Biographies: Sister Joan Chittister, OSB 201
Index to Collected Essays 202
Bibliography 203
Index to Illustrated Works 204
Illustrated Index of works in Museum collections 210
Afterword 217
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