A Book of Pottery: From Mud Into Immortality, 1958, Near Fine with Good DJ
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A Book of Pottery: From Mud Into Immortality
Henry Varnum Poor
Prentice Hall, Inc.
CERAMICS AND POTTERY
Notes: A Near Fine book in a Good dust jacket, Very Good overall, 8vo, 11" x 8." Gray cloth-covered boards in a dark blue-gray dust jacket. Printed color photograph of one of the artist's ceramics on front panel. White lettering to spine. Covers have moderate wear to top and bottom edges and slight wear to tips and head and tail of spine, else clean and intact, binding tight. Dust jacket not price-clipped, protected by a paper-backed Brodart sleeve. Dust jacket has chipping and wear to edges and tips; most chipping is limited to head and tail of spine; tape repair to top chip that measures about 2 1/2" x 3/4." Pages pristine and intact except for minuscule age toning. Replete with plates and illustrations. Four plate are in color, the remainder are black-and-white, half-tone illustrations. 192 pp., including illustrations, Bibliography, and Index. Henry Varnum Poor (1887-1970) was an American artist who worked in a variety of art disciplines including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and architecture. He co-founded the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and taught at different schools including Stanford and Columbia University. This book focuses on Poor's ceramics, namely his pottery, but is dual-purpose; Poor details his work process and ceramics while providing instructional guidance to those interested in making pottery. Among the subjects covered are throwing pots on the potter's wheel, types of incised decorations one can make on the pot's surface, design, sculpture, slips, glazes, enamels, kilns, and "practical helps."