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KINTSUGI: THE POETIC MEND

Published by Bloomsbury Publications (Herbert Press)

in the UK & Australia in January 2021 and in the USA in March 2021.

 

'Everything with a shape, breaks.' So goes the Japanese saying. Kintsugi, 'gold joining', takes the shards of destruction and creates new pieces with highlighted seams of gold. Kintsugi: The Poetic Mend gives an overview of this amazing Japanese repair technique and its materials using historical and contemporary perspectives. Further, it explores its strong metaphor of overcoming tragedy.

THE TEABOWL: EAST & WEST

Published by Bloomsbury Publications (Herbert Press), 2017

 

Sometimes squat, plain, or appearing roughly made, the Japanese teabowl is enigmatic. Grounded in its function, but communicating something well beyond its utility, this simple form carries an aesthetic loading that translates into myriad levels of understand - and misunderstanding. This illustrated book looks at the context of the teabowl as it arose in chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, through to its importation to the West, and how contemporary ceramicists have added aesthetic qualities and different techniques to the form. It asks the questions: What defines a teabowl and what is its role? What does the teabowl symbolize in Japan and in the West?

'TOWARDS THE FIGURE'

In this introductory chapter to Edith Garcia's book Ceramics and the Human Figure, Dr Kemske uses her wide experience in contemporary ceramics for critical commentary on developments in the use of the figure today. 

THE CERAMICS BOOK, THIRD EDITION

Edited by Bonnie Kemske, this full-colour book has Illustrations and artist statements of 270 members' work of the Craft Potters Association. It also includes a regional directory for the UK. 

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