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Warren MacKenzie - An American Potte

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Warren MacKenzie - An American Potte

Warren MacKenzie - An American Potte
Warren MacKenzie - An American Potte
Warren MacKenzie - An American Potte
Warren MacKenzie - An American Potte

Warren MacKenzie - An American Potter

Softback Version

£40

Author  

David Lewis

Publisher  

Kodansha

Date  

1995

Format  

Softback with dustcover

Size  

29.7cm x 23cm

Description  

192 pages
Profusely illustrated with photos of MacKenzie at work and his pots

Condition  

Book and cover both in excellent condition.

Postage  

At cost, U.K. only.


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This book is a tribute to the life and work of the great American potter Warren MacKenzie. Warren and his first wife Nancy were inspired by the Mingei movement in Japan, the work of Bernard Leach in Britain and traditional American crafts. After an apprenticeship with Leach in St. Ives, MacKenzie returned to America to establish his own pottery in Minnesota where he still lives and works.

Author David Lewis first met MacKenzie in St. Ives in the 1950s and has been a friend ever since. He is able to give a unique insight into the man and his work.

This is a truly wonderful book.

Chapters:

  • Finding Warren MacKenzie
  • Our environments and assemblages
  • Language and heritage
  • A conversation with Warren Mackenzie
  • Student Years
  • Apprenticeship
  • Leach, Hamada, Yanagi and MacKenzie
  • Return to America
  • Years of growth and change
  • Iconography
  • "I have found a green!"
  • MacKenzie's workshop
  • From wet clay to finished pots

There is an afterword by the late Tatsuzo Shimaoka and the following appendices:

  • Excerpts from letters from Bernard Leach to Warren MacKenzie
  • Warren MacKenzie: A dialog with David lewis
  • Quotes from wrintings by Warren MacKenzie
  • MacKenzie's glazes
  • Chronology