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Post by Potty on May 30th 2011, 4:48 pm

Hi all,

I'm interested to know what 3 books relating studio pottery you would say are the best and advise someone to buy.

As you all know, I'm quite new to Studio Pottery and I'm trying to make a small yet concise collection of books to read through.

What most interests me is learning to identify marks/styles and once identified, would like to learn a bit about the potter/pottery without going into too much depth on 1 potter (for the time being)

If you donít have 3 you can recommend, 1/2 is still very helpful.

Thanks all,

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Post by dantheman on May 30th 2011, 4:55 pm

the best website depends on what sort of studio you like,if you like the Leach era then there are a few specialist sites but if you like more experimental studio then you can learn a lot here on the forum or by twawling ebay every few days

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Post by flying free on May 30th 2011, 4:57 pm

Studiopottery.co.uk has some amazing pottery on it.
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Post by dantheman on May 30th 2011, 5:01 pm

I tend to pick a potter then google them to death,one potter leads to another on these sites so I always get more than I bargained for

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Post by flying free on May 30th 2011, 5:08 pm

what's really nice about that site though, is that they do a 'preview' piccy thing of some of each of the potters so you get to scroll through loads of different work and then, as you spot something you like, can delve further by looking them up on the site and by googling.
I've found lots of my more contemporary studio pottery that way, by realising I've spotted it somewhere.
I also love Studiopottery.com.
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Post by Potty on May 30th 2011, 5:16 pm

My main aim at the moment is to know a little about a lot :)

Studiopottery.com is the main site I have been reading through so far

Studiopottery.co.uk I like, but no not find it as easy to read through was the previous one.

Hoping more for book references, because I find books more handy to read/skim through :D

Would like to know about Leach a bit more, because of the history/impact it has on what was to follow.

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Post by Potty on May 30th 2011, 5:17 pm

My biggest problem I find with google'ing a potter, is that I find endless sites with ebay spam(not actually ebay, but all ebay stuff listed) Shrugs

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Post by dantheman on May 30th 2011, 5:26 pm

the best information tends to come from specialist books but to spend £30-£40 on each pottery leaves no money to buy the pots,this is why I feel our forum is so important


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Post by big ed on May 30th 2011, 5:41 pm

Learning from books should always start at your local library (assuming they haven't closed it down yet), if they don't have it they may order one for you, british studio ceramics by Paul Rice is good ,as is art of the modern potter by Tony Birks, there is plenty of info on Leach /Cardew on the net if that is your thing , or you could try googling a particular area such as Cornwall .
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Post by R.Ferrao on May 30th 2011, 5:43 pm

Hi, here is a classic: "20th century ceramics" by Edmund de Waal, Thames & Hudson. It has the essencial historic references.
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Post by Potty on May 30th 2011, 6:25 pm

Thanks all,

Thumbs up to ed, in a sense I had forgot the library existed O.o

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Post by dantheman on May 30th 2011, 8:50 pm

this is my newest find

http://www.lowfarm.net/Studio_One/Potters.html

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Post by Potty on May 30th 2011, 9:04 pm

dantheman wrote:this is my newest find

http://www.lowfarm.net/Studio_One/Potters.html

Thanks :)

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Post by studio-pots on May 31st 2011, 6:02 pm

big ed wrote:Learning from books should always start at your local library (assuming they haven't closed it down yet), if they don't have it they may order one for you, british studio ceramics by Paul Rice is good ,as is art of the modern potter by Tony Birks, there is plenty of info on Leach /Cardew on the net if that is your thing , or you could try googling a particular area such as Cornwall .

I agree with Big Ed on the first two books and for Leach there is Leach Pottery St. Ives: The Legacy of Bernard Leach by Marion Whybrow.
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Post by big ed on May 31st 2011, 6:51 pm

Potty , if you get the chance to go to st ives pay a visit to the pottery , You will see the workplace , wheels , brick kilns etc, they show a film narated by Warren Mackenzie about the workers and bernard leach in action ,then there is a showroom were contemporary potters have work displayed for sale , Sam Hall, Jim Malone , Doherty etc. I think it's a little expensive to go in but worth it for the leach expierience., if you can't go it would be a pitty potty ( sorry couldn't resist that) Laughter
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Post by Potty on May 31st 2011, 7:31 pm

Cheers all :)

Can't see me going to St Ives in the near future, but it does sound good and worth the expensive entry price.

Out of interest what is your website studio-pots? (if you cant link due to thinks being sold on there, would you mind pm'ing it, would be interested to take a look)

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Post by dantheman on July 2nd 2011, 8:57 pm

I noticed there's a Eric Yates-Owen, Robert Fournier book for sale on ebay at present,I wish there had been when I was looking for one Aggrieved

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Post by dantheman on July 2nd 2011, 9:05 pm

20th century ceramic designers in Britain by Andrew Casey is a quality book but there are lots of large pictures and fairly in depth information into each designer/factory covered so don't expect it to be all encompassing

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Post by Potty on July 2nd 2011, 10:56 pm

Thanks for the tip off, already have Eric Yates-Owen, will look into getting the latter one Excellent

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Post by dantheman on July 3rd 2011, 6:19 am

I would recommend that you borrow it from a library first, it is all about the designers who most influenced 20th century pottery industry so sections on Clappison,Jefferson,Cliff,Cooper, etc a real mix and only half of it interested me to be honest.
I loved the sections covering Carters and Poole pottery,Midwinter,Hornsea...oh and the section on Wedgewood fairyland lustre was great!

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Post by Potty on July 4th 2011, 1:13 pm

I think I'll do that (if our library has it), I looked to book up on amazon and sounds interesting, but sounds like it is mainly about the bigger ceramic's factorys.

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Post by dantheman on July 4th 2011, 1:24 pm

yes it is the big factories,I like Poole and Hornsea so it was worth buying but not for the studio pottery specialist

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Post by terrypotter on July 4th 2011, 7:04 pm

Potty wrote:
dantheman wrote:this is my newest find

http://www.lowfarm.net/Studio_One/Potters.html

Thanks :)

Bookmarked.

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Post by dantheman on November 27th 2011, 5:17 pm

there is a copy of BRITISH STUDIO POTTERS MARKS by Eric Yates-Owen & Robert Fournier 2nd edition
on ebay at the moment in case anyone is after one

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