Monday, March 14, 2011

"500 Raku: Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique" by R.Hemachandra & J.Romberg

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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600592942
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 1.3 inches
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 Lark Crafts (a division of Sterling Publishing) provided me with the opportunity to review this book I had to chuckle to myself. There are times when the kind folks I communicate with at Lark seem to know my tastes better than I do! No one at Lark could possible have known what a bowl fetish I have! I collect bowls that I enjoy holding - it's such a satisfying shape. 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.

I wanted to provide you with some glimpses of the pages in this book - but I suddenly found that I could, quite easily, be photographing all of the pages! It's too difficult to select just a few. Who knew - surely not a non-potter like me - that Raku could produce the diversity of styles and beauty that are contained in the pages of this book. 

The photos below are, therefore, a very small sampling of some of the pieces that grabbed my as I first opened the book. You will find delicate beauty, humorous whimsy, bold design and serene simplicity on the 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!

Enjoy the preview!

Note: my usual disclosure that this beautiful book was provided to me by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. No other remuneration was received. I really do love this book!


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