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Pioneer Pottery, by Michael Cardew

“A marvelous book, a joy to read! It is packed with useful information for the potter who wants to learn about and start with ‘beginnings’--digging clay, finding and using raw materials, glaze chemistry, wheel and kiln building. It is just as useful for the contemporary potter who orders tools and materials from a supplier!

“The book is elegant and beautifully written. Cardew’s comments on craft are perceptive and witty, and it is not surprising that Cardew quotes hang on the walls of many a studio. Chapter 12, ‘The Product’ is splendid and could stand alone as a monograph.

“Cardew represented an ideal: the perfect combination of intellectual brilliance, humility, respect for craft, and total dedication to it. An unmatched and indispensable book.” –Lili Krakowski in Constableville, New York USA

Pioneer Pottery is a classic text in ceramics. Michael Cardew was one of the early and most influential figures in British ceramics. In 1942, the Crown Agents asked him to go to Nigeria to set up a pottery training center. It was his experiences there and his time spent in the Gold Coast that formed the basis for this book, which has influenced generations of potters world-wide.

This completely redesigned new edition was planned in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Cardew's birth. His son, Seth Cardew, has written a new introduction to this volume. A new full-color section features photographs of previously unknown work.

The original book inspired and guided potters for decades. This new and updated edition will assure that Cardew’s work remains a perennial classic.

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