A Potter's Book by Bernard LeachA Potter's Book by Bernard Leach

A Potter's Book

byBernard Leach

Hardcover | September 15, 2015

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When potters throw clay onto a stone, they make a connection across centuries to ancient workshops. The techniques and traditions of these early craftsmen, especially those of China's Sung dynasty, still inform many of the pottery practices in use today, thanks to the seminal work of Bernard Leach.

Leach's A Potter's Book was among the first to collect ancient workshop traditions for modern use in studios, emphasizing functional work. It became an immediate hit among potters who embraced its ideal of unity, spontaneity, and simplicity of form. Leach, considered the father of British studio pottery, went on to establish of one of the most respected studios in the world with the ideas of A Potter's Book at its foundation.

With this classic book, potters can learn everything, from how to set up their workshop to how to adapt pigment and glaze recipes to how to design custom kilns. It spotlights four types of pottery: Japanese raku, English slipware, stoneware, and oriental porcelain. Thanks to Leach's time in Japan and collaborations with master potter Shoji Hamada, it also serves as a fascinating look at the interplay between Eastern and Western art.
Bernard Howell Leach (1887–1979) was a British studio potter and art teacher. He was the founder of the Leach Pottery at St Ives in Cornwall and went on to teach some of the most celebrated ceramicists of the twentieth century.
Title:A Potter's BookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 8.25 × 5.8 × 1.2 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:Unicorn Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1910065161

ISBN - 13:9781910065167


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This is a great book on Leach's techniques. Full of lots of useful information. I think any potter could appreciate it!
Date published: 2017-02-03

Table of Contents

The Leach Legacy by Philip Leach
Leach in Japan by Soyetsu Yanagi
Preface by Michael Cardew
Author’s Preface

1. Towards a Standard
2. Raku - English Slipware - Stoneware - Porcelain
3. Clays
4. The Making of Clay Shapes
5. Decoration
6. Pigments and Glazes
7. Kilns
8. The Workshop

Appendix A - Potters Terms, Tools & Materials
Appendix B - Conversion Charts
Appendix C - Seger Pyrometric Cones
Image Credits

Editorial Reviews

"This fine new edition of A Potter’s Book, first published in 1940, shows representative images of his work (and sometimes his son David’s) alongside Japanese or Korean wares made from similar bodies or using similar glazes. It is always easy to spot the Leach."