Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Yesterday afternoon I spent delighting in the flavor of satsuma mandarins and browsing a couple of ceramics books I requested from the library. Mandarin oranges have many anti-oxidant properties and help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and recent studies have shown they are also good for the liver. The rest of this week I'll go back and read these two books in more detail.
The first book, Modern Japanese Ceramics, Pathways of Innovation and Tradition by Anneliese Crueger, Wulf Crueger and Saeko Ito with photography by Thomas Naethe is a feast for the eyes with the numerous color plates on just about every other page, although the title is misleading. The book focuses mostly on the history of Japanese pottery with only a few examples of recent Japanese ceramics. But the books is worth reading for the historical aspects and the descriptions of the traditional glazing and decorating techniques and various kiln locations.
If you like like learning about surface techniques in ceramics, you'll love Maureen Mills' book, Surface Design for Ceramics. I wish I'd known about this book several years ago. Many of the surface techniques I've independently discovered and tried on my own are explained in detail in this book. I could have saved myself months of trial and error, mental acrobatics, and unanswered questions about how to accomplish my ceramics goals. I know Amy Huacani and Judy Shreve would enjoy reading the book. Even though I've checked this book out from the library I think I will go ahead and order my own copy of the book.
You might think I have a life of leisure and in one way you'd be correct. Please don't envy me my leisure. I do have time to read, but I also have time to think. Time to think about the future and reflect on the past. Time to think about where I want to live and what I want to do with the rest of my life. Time to reflect on my past life and the stresses of living in today's world and how I want to change my way of living. I find all this thinking expends a tremendous amount of energy but is also very necessary right now. Come back again for a bit about the past and more about the future.