Shoji Hamada: A Potter's Way and Work by Susan Peterson
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Tokyo. Kodansha International LTD. 1974. First Edition. Hardcover, clothbound w. pictorial cover dust jacket. Book condition: Fine. Jacket condition: Fine, price clipped on inside top flap. 239pp. (ill. in b/w).
Named by Japan a, "Living National Treasure", Shoji Hamada was one of the key figures in the development of studio pottery in the 20th century, resurrecting the craft after its near demise during the Industrial Revolution. Working for over fifty years in the town Mashiko and holding his country's highest honors, he calls himself a craftsmen, whose work should be appreciated by its own merits. The author, Susan Peterson, spent four months with Hamada in 1970 as a friend and observer, immersing herself in his world and work. A Potter's Way and Work is an ebullient, fascinating portrait of a great craftsmen, tracing his place in the ceramic tradition and revealing a keen perception of his energetic life style, his dazzling work cycle, and intriguing specifics about the firing of his kilns.