The Japanese Pottery Handbook

Author(s): Penny Simpson

ceramics & glass

This compact reference explains the basic terms, processes, classifications, tools, materials and techniques of Japanese potters. Everyone interested in pottery and crafts will find this practical guide a valuable addition to both bookshelf and workshop. Penny Simpson, an English potter living in Japan, and Kanji Sodeoka, her Japanese colleague, have compiled a step-by-step manual of the way pots are made in Japan, their forms, and their decorations. The authors give a thorough account of both traditional and modern techniques and also describe in detail tools,


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Penny Simpson's interest in making pots started when she was living in Japan in the 1970s. She loved Japanese food and was intrigued by the way the colors and textures of serving bowls were chosen to complement the food and the season. She studied pottery in Kyoto and explored many of the pottery-making areas of Japan before writing The Japanese Pottery Handbook, which Kodansha International published in 1979. Following her training at the renowned Dartington Pottery in the U.K., Simpson set up her own workshop in Devon, moving to her present location in Moretonhampstead in 1994. She enjoys cooking and making pots which enhance the pleasures of preparing and eating food. She also makes planters, tiles, and commissioned commemorative pieces. Simpson is a member of the Craft Potters Association (U.K.) and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. She sells her work from her own showroom and exhibits widely in the U.K. and abroad. Kanji Sodeoka was Penny Simpson's first pottery teacher and collaborated with her on the original edition of The Japanese Pottery Handbook

General Fields

  • : 9781568365527
  • : Kodansha America, Inc
  • : Kodansha America, Inc
  • : October 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Penny Simpson
  • : Paperback
  • : Revised edition
  • : 128