A Potter's Companion (Paperback)

Imagination, Originality, and Craft

By Ronald Larsen

Park Street Press, 9780892814459, 240pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1992

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In a celebration of the functional and the handmade, potter Ronald Larsen has gathered an engaging collection of essays, stories, poems, and observations by a wide range of potters, writers, philosophers, and other artisans, exploring the history, aesthetics, and philosophy behind making pots--or anything else--by hand.

Includes, among others, the writings of:
Marguerite Wildenhain--A Potter's Philosophy
Octavio Paz--Use and Contemplation
Lafcadio Hearn--The Tale of the Porcelain-God
John Updike--From the Journal of a Leper
Jamake Highwater--Illusions of Originality
Wallace Stevens--Anecdote of the Jar
Bernard Leach--The Potter's Challenge

About the Author

A former professor of mathematics at Yale University who holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Ronald Larsen established Crary Mills Pottery in New York State in 1978. Since then, he has been a full-time studio potter who makes functional stoneware pottery using traditional hand methods. His work has been exhibited throughout the country.

Praise For A Potter's Companion: Imagination, Originality, and Craft

"This is not a book to be read from front to back but rather a book to dip into at random for refreshment of the spirit, for a laugh, for reflection, or in some cases for a challenge to ideas held dear. Each time I have opened it there has been a surprise and something to engage my interest."
— From the foreword by Warren MacKenzie, master potter