Raku: Investigations into Fire

Raku: Investigations into Fire

by David Jones
     
 

There is a marrying of ideas, process, and action in Raku that creates some of the most exciting forms of contemporary clay art. Raku: Investigations into Fire is a comprehensive study of this popular ceramic process. Its history is traced from its earliest beginnings in Japanese ritual to current preoccupations dealing with the relationship of clay, artist, and…  See more details below

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There is a marrying of ideas, process, and action in Raku that creates some of the most exciting forms of contemporary clay art. Raku: Investigations into Fire is a comprehensive study of this popular ceramic process. Its history is traced from its earliest beginnings in Japanese ritual to current preoccupations dealing with the relationship of clay, artist, and fire. The history of Raku provides a framework for understanding the most recent developments in materials and technology, while an analysis of design illuminates the ways in which new ideas are developed. There is also an extensive examination of the methods of generating the rich and seductive surfaces, as well as the most recent innovations in technology and process-all beautifully illustrated with 200 fine color photographs. This is an ideal book for both the beginner and the experienced practitioner.

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Library Journal
Raku pottery, developed in Japan for use in the tea ceremony, was popularized in Western countries by British potter Bernard Leach. It involves low-temperature firing and sudden cooling, often with uncertain results. In this beautifully photographed book Jones discusses the techniques and the Zen philosophy of raku, illustrating his text with his own works and those of other studio artists. No specific projects are included but all aspects of raku--history, materials, and firing--are covered in great detail. This book is highly recommended for all decorative arts and crafts collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861261397
Publisher:
Trafalgar Square
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 11.39(h) x 0.68(d)

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There is a marrying of ideas, process, and action in Raku that creates some of the most exciting forms of contemporary clay art. Raku: Investigations into Fire is a comprehensive study of this popular ceramic process. Its history is traced from its earliest beginnings in Japanese ritual to current preocupations dealing with the relationship of clay, artist, and fire. The history of Raku provides a framework for understanding the most recent developments in materials and technology, while an analysis of design iluminates the ways in which new ideas are developed. There is also an extensive examination of the methods generating the rich and seductive surfaces, as well as the most recent innovations in technology and process—all beautifully illustrated with 200 fine color photographs. This is an ideal book for both the beginner and the experienced practitioner.

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