Pottery Books

Lane, Peter F'word by David Leach: Studio Porcelain (13820)

Pitman House 1st 1980
4to, maroon cloth covered boards with gold titling to spine,
very very slight wrinkling to rear dustwrapper o/w VG++/VG++ 1115 gms
(Order reference 13820).

Porcelain is the most demanding and exquisite of all pottery mediums and today an increasing
number of studio potters are responding to its challenge, with many of their pieces becoming
collectors' items. This book brings into focus for the first time the exciting innovations in
contemporary studio porcelain and reveals the working methods and ideas of some of the
potters from Britain, Europe and North America.

A brief outline of the historical tradition of porcellanous wares is followed by an appraisal of
modern developments in design and form. Peter Lane discusses the potters approaches to
working with porcelain; their sources of stimulus; and how they best exploit its special qualities of translucency, delicacy, purity and strength. The many different techniques for making and decorating porcelain are explained in detail with sections on throwing, turning, hand-building, slip-casting,
glazing and firing.

Superbly illustrated with 100 colour photographs and over 200 black and white pictures, Studio Porcelain will be an inspiration to potters, and of lasting value to collectors and everyone who admires fine ceramics.

A wide variety of porcelain from more than one hundred potters is illustrated in this book, including:
• carved pieces by Karl Scheid (West Germany) and Jacqueline Poncelet
• fluted ware by David Leach
• organic forms by Peter Simpson, Mary Rogers, Christa and Johannes Gebhardt (West Germany)
• sculptural work by Ruth Duckworth and Richard Shaw (USA), Glenys Barton and Mary Keepax
• refined shapes by Geoffrey Swindell and Lucie Rie
• pieces from the fantasy world of Ruth and Alan Barratt-Danes