The World of Japanese Ceramics by Herbert H. Sanders with the collabor – Cultural Heritage Books
The World of Japanese Ceramics by Herbert H. Sanders with the collaboration of Kenkichi Tomimoto
The World of Japanese Ceramics by Herbert H. Sanders with the collaboration of Kenkichi Tomimoto

The World of Japanese Ceramics by Herbert H. Sanders with the collaboration of Kenkichi Tomimoto

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Tokyo : Kodansha International Ltd., 1972. Hardcover. 267 pages ; illustrated ; 25 cm. Lots of rips and tears on the dust jacket edges. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.


JAPAN is known as the living museum of continental Asian arts, crafts and techniques. Modern Japanese ceramics not only employ ancient techniques of China and Korea, but have continued the native traditions and have adapted European processes and glazes. Perhaps more than any other country, Japan is a melting pot of the ceramic techniques of the world. Also, perhaps in no other country has the esthetic of ceramic ware developed as in Japan. A set of dishes, for example, must not only complement the food served, but must blend with the atmosphere of the room, the occasion, the time of day and the season to provide a single, integrated experience. A part of the formalities of the tea ceremony is to admire the quality of the teabowl.

Dr. Herbert Sanders, one of the world's leading authorities on ceramic techniques, spent a year traveling throughout Japan, interviewing potters and observing and recording ceramic processes. Dr. Sanders, with the collaboration of the famous pioneer of modern Japanese ceramics, Kenkichi Tomimoto, has compiled this first broad coverage in text and photographs of the modern and historical ceramic techniques of Japan. The 213 black-and-white photographs, forty-two color plates and thirteen diagrams, illustrating in detail the processes, the unique tools, and a representative range of Japanese wares, are arranged both to illustrate the text and to be study chapters in themselves. The text provides a flowing documentary and an informative overview of the historical and modern Japanese ceramic world. The technical information for the potter, including glaze formulas, glaze color chart, firing temperatures and the American equivalents of Japanese glaze compositions, makes this a book of interest to a wide audience. Potters and artists will use it as an invaluable source of inspiration and reference, while the reader interested in Japan, ceramics, and art will find that this volume provides insights and information long neglected by elaborate histories and picture books on ceramics. Students of archeology and art history will also find valuable material concerning the production techniques of ancient Oriental wares.



Dr. Herbert H. Sanders has been working in the field of ceramics for thirty-eight years. Born in New Waterford, Ohio in 1909, he received his B. S. in industrial arts at Ohio State University in 1928, and his Ph. D. in fine arts from the same institution in 1951. He is presently Professor in Ceramic Art at San Jose State College, San Jose, California. He has served on twentysix juries of selection and award for major art exhibitions, and over the years has himself received twenty-five awards in major ceramic exhibitions, five of which were in the National Ceramics Exhibition held at Syracuse, New York. Dr. Sanders' work is represented in twelve American museüms and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and in collections in Italy, Yugoslavia and Japan. He has also been represented in and has contributed numerous articles to craft and art periodicals in the United States, and is the author of three books beside the present volume. In 1966, Dr. Sanders was elected a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.

Kenkichi Tomimoto was born in 1886, in Nara Prefecture. In 1908, he went to England to study, and in 1909 graduated from the Tokyo School of Arts, specializing in architectural design. He went to India under government auspices to study Mohammedan architecture in 1910, and after completing his project, proceeded to England the following year, before returning to Japan. In 1912, he started his activity in ceramics, together with Bernard Leach. Mr. Tomimoto established a kiln at his birthplace in Nara in 1915, but moved to Tokyo in 1926, and twenty years later, moved to Kyoto, where he resided until his death in 1963 at the age of 77. Mr. Tomimoto was appointed member of the Imperial Art Academy in 1936, became professor of the Tokyo School of Arts in 1944, member of the Japan Art Academy in 1946, and professor at the Kyoto Municipal College of Fine Arts in 1949. He was designated an "important intangible cultural property" when the cultural property system was first put into effect in 1955, and in 1961 was awarded the Cultural Medal.
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