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16 Titles as of Feb. 22, 2006

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5-sept-Anagama-by-Furutani-Michio.jpg TITLE: ANAGAMA BY FURUTANI MICHIO
$55.00
  • Author Michio Furutani
  • Published by Rikogakusha, 1994
  • 154 x 215 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 204 pages, 163 photos (B&W and a few color photos)
  • Language Japanese only
  • A comprehensive book by the late Shigaraki-Iga master Furutani Michio on how to build and fire an anagama (single-chamber kiln). Many B&W photos accompany the text, which is in Japanese only.

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Building-Your-Own-Kiln-3.jpg TITLE: Building Your Own Kiln
Three Japanese Potters Give Advice and Instructions

$45.00
  • Authors Hiromi Itabashi, Roppo Tamura, Naoki Kawabuchi
  • Published by Kodansha International, 2003
  • 190 X 260 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 96 pages, 103 photos (Color and B&W)
  • Language English only
  • Itabashi Hiromi, Tamura Roppo and Kawabuchi Naoki are featured in this vividly illustrated instructional manual on how to build a kiln. Itabashi focuses on a small brick kiln using gas for fuel, while the two others deal with larger wood-burning anagama and snake kilns.

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TITLE: Enamel Overglaze Painting: An Easy Guide
$45.00
  • Published by Futabasha, 2004
  • 185 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 120 pages, 114 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Copying patterns drawn by predecessors is one of the best methods for beginners to acquire brushwork and coloring skills/techniques. This book carries various patterns of animals, plants, and nature that readers can study and learn how to create truly professional brushwork. Also introduced are five ceramists who are working on sometsuke (indigo underglaze), iro-e (colorful overglaze) and Momoyama-style ceramics. In Japanese only.

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Gendai-Togei-Meisho-no-Waza.jpg TITLE: Gendai Togei Meisho no Waza
$35.00
  • Published by Seibundoshinkosha, 1999
  • 183 X 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 110 pages, 99 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Another fine how-to photo format magazine featuring some of Japan's finest potters, including Yu Fujiwara, Seimei Tsuji, Ryoichi Munakata, Taroemon Nakazato Xlll, and Ryoji Koie. These masters show how to make large jars (Fujiwara), Tea wares and kodai (Tsuji), large bowls (Munakata), vases (Nakazato), and sake utensils (Koie). It also has photos of each potter's works and some firings and glazing techniques.

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TITLE: Glaze: Complete Edition Notes on Basic Glaze
$48.00
  • Author Kazuhide Tsusaka
  • Published by Futabasha, 2004
  • 185 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 112 pages, 91 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Basic glaze is transparent glaze, which becomes kiseto by adding a small percentage of iron with oxidized firing, or it becomes seiji (celadon) through reduction firing. But there are also many different results based on clay, content, annexing, and cooling methods. This book introduces basic glaze with recipes and testing pieces. Includes CD-ROM with sample mixing calculations.

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S05-5-Guide-Wood-Kiln-Firing.jpg TITLE: Guide to Wood-Kiln Firing
$42.00
  • Published by Abe Shuppan, 2000
  • 183 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 110 pages, 78 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Yamada Jozan, designated a Living National Treasure for his Kyusu (Japanese tea pots), achieves enhanced firing with wood kilns, and introduces information on building noborigama (climbing kiln), as well as the firing technique itself. Nagaoka Masami and Tanaka Isao also give instructions on their methods for firing Iga and Shigaraki, as well as preparing clay and creating forms suited for Yakishime.

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TITLE: How to Choose One's First Kiln
$35.00
  • Author Koichi Noda
  • Published by Seibundoshinkosha, 2005
  • 210 x 257 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 112 pages, 100 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Informative reference book for those who plan to build an atelier with a kiln. Basic explanation by kiln styles, such as electric, oil, gas or charcoal kiln attached. Good advice made by the words of a professional potter. In Japanese only.

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How-to-make-Oribe.jpg TITLE: How to Make Oribe
$40.00
  • Published by Abe Shuppan, 1999
  • 183 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 110 pages, 102 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • A "how-to" book from a major ceramic art magazine, Honoho Geijutsu. The book is designed for beginners and shows different details in the making process in black and white step-by-step photos with descriptions in Japanese. It includes Oribe works by contemporary ceramic artists in color photos.

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2005-Jan-2-Making-a-Chawan-Teabowl.jpg TITLE: Making a Chawan (Teabowl)
$45.00
  • Published by Futabasha, 2004
  • 183 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 112 pages, 102 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • The hidden secrets and techniques on how to make a great chawan (teabowl) for the Tea Ceremony, explained in detail by an extraordinary group of Japanese potters. The essential rules are first laid out by Kato Tokuro, while Seto's Suzuki Goro, Karatsu's Tanaka Sajiro, Hagi's Sakuakura Shinbei, Tenmoku's Kamata Koji and Mino's Yoshita Yoshihiko teach the forming of a chawan up to its glazing. Ample color photos of the step-by-step process are taken. In the latter half, contemporary potters Nakashima Harumi, Kawaguchi Jun and Itabashi Hiromi attempt to make a Raku teabowl, while seven promising young artists (Hori Kyoko, Odaka Hisayo, Yamamoto Tetsuya, Fukumoto Fuku, Sakurai Yasuhiro, Sugimoto Taro and Tomita Mikiko) have their teabowls introduced. In Japanese only.

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Making-Bizen-May-8.jpg TITLE: Making Bizen
$42.00
  • Published by Abe Shuppan, 2001
  • 183 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 122 pages, 101 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Featuring leading Bizen artists as guest lecturers, this book illustrates how to make "serious Bizen," while teaching you the basics to the technical in one volume. Traditional Bizen ware is taught by Kaneshige Yuho, while modernistic Bizen is taught by Wakimoto Hiroyuki. Although Bizen is often associated with a noborigama (rising chamber kiln), this book helps teach Bizen beginners how to make Bizen with an electric kiln, with various firing data featured. In Japanese only.

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TITLE: Making Pottery Without the Wheel
$43.00
  • Published by Abe Shuppan, 2005
  • 183 X 258mm
  • Soft cover
  • 130 pages, 107 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Hiromi Itabashi, a potter, presents new methods in making pottery without the use of a pottery wheel. Some of his ideas include changing the balance of water in clay, casting with a balloon, Raku firing with uwa-e (over glaze), ginsai (silver glaze), silkscreen or Grog (chamotte) free forms and techniques that are not predicated on tradition.

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TITLE: Miniature Kiln, Tojiro Books
$32.00
  • Author Akira Yoshida
  • Published by Futabasha, 2000
  • 150 x 210 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 112 pages, 93 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • In this book, the potter-author teaches pottery aficionados -- those without kilns or easy access to kilns -- to build their own small wood-fire kilns using simple tool clay, wet newspaper, and other resources. This book presents ways to build a mini-kiln, and features new firing techniques with actual photographic examples. In Japanese only.

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Mitewakaru-Togei-Zairyo.jpg TITLE: Mitewakaru Togei Zairyo (Look and You'll Know - Ceramic Ingredients)
$37.00
  • Published by Hutabasha, 2002
  • 183 x 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 112 pages, 105 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • This book for the working potter starts off by looking at all of the famous clays used in Japan. It discusses each clay and looks at the results from reduction and oxidized firings. It then shows different ways of processing clay, stones used for glazes, making ash-glazes, and other assorted materials used in glazing. With many how-to-do and example photos, glossary and index, in Japanese only.

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Shuki-o-Tsukuru-Making-Sake-Vessels.jpg TITLE: Shuki o Tsukuru
Making Sake Vessels

$40.00
  • Published by Futabasha, 2004
  • 185 X 257 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 112 pages, 107 photos (color)
  • Language Japanese only
  • Have you ever wanted to see -- in how-to photos -- the way to make super sake vessels? This book shows six masters, three Bizen and three Karatsu, at work and also examples of their masterpieces and antique wares too. Featured Bizen potters are Abe Anjin, Kaneshige Makoto and Harada Shuroku and for Karatsu Hamamoto Hiroyoshi, Maruta Munehiko and Nishioka Yoshihiro are represented.

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to-make-chawan-august.jpg TITLE: To Make Chawan (Tea Bowls)
$36.00
  • Published by Seibundoshinkosha, 2001
  • 210 X 297 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 112 pages, 108 color photos
  • Language Japanese only
  • A photo essay from a "how-to" magazine on making traditional Japanese chawan (tea bowls). The potters whose work and techniques are explored in photos and in Japanese-only text are: Tsuji Seimei, Nakazato Shigetoshi (Karatsu), Isezaki Jun (Bizen), Kimura Moriyasu (Kyoto, Tenmoku), Kumano Kuroemon (Echizen), Takiguchi Kiheiji (Oribe), Kato Kobee Vll (Ki-Seto), and Otani Shiro (Shigaraki). Each potter, with the exception of Tsuji, has dozens of color photos showing them in the different stages of making chawan, along with photos of finished chawan. A very good visual resource for any potter interested in making chawan.

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