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Finding One's Way With Clay: Pinched Pottery and the Color of Clay Hardcover – November 15, 1972


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (November 15, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671213245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671213244
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an amazingly inspiring book.
Hlfriedland-wechsler
Hardly any equipment is needed, and you can make pinch pots anywhere!
J. Honda
This book is considered the core of clay expression.
James D. Arena

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hlfriedland-wechsler on May 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazingly inspiring book. Almost using pottery as a meditation- mastering the techniques and also the soul side of creating vessels. I found Berensohn's view on things so refreshing..a real new way of looking at things. Lots of photographs, easy to follow and very much at eye-level. Most of the book is about pinch-pots which are vessels made only with the hands- no macheinery or wheel. He shows how this simple exercise can be the most revealing art of all. There is plenty of how-to. He even details a way to build a simple kiln out of easily found materials. He brings pottery out of the clouds, down to the common person, and makes it real both on an inner and outer level. Pottery as prayer. Opening our horizons as artists and people. Defenitely a keeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Honda on October 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book filled with clay making for those who want to be creative and explore many clay possibilities. Hardly any equipment is needed, and you can make pinch pots anywhere! There are extension ideas for children and adult potters. The best book for those wanting to use their hands to create. I have used these ideas in my pottery classes for adults for the last five years, there are so many to choose from it is hard to narrow it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Price on December 30, 2010
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This is a wonderful book and the technique taught within is almost spiritual. The way you work with the clay is very meditative and therapeutic. The writer is a very interesting man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Honda on September 12, 2008
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This is such a wonderful book, it changed my life when I first read it 20 years ago, when I was studying for me ceramic design degree. I have revisited the book since I have started teaching pottery to all age groups, the adults love a class based on the many techniques as an introduction to clay. It has a thorough outline on coloring clay and the design principles have etched into my life ever since I read it! To be able to think through a design challenge and think of the different ways of thinking.
Pinch pots are the main building technique and then you can increase your building techniques by adding pieces of clay and coils.
I love this book for the teaching in design, and decorating techniques. Just great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James D. Arena on April 17, 2013
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This book is considered the core of clay expression. The 70's were considered the birth of creative pottery and this book proves how important it still is to reconnect to the Earth in a beautiful way. Thank you Paulus for writing it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By melody lover on February 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
WHAT A GREAT BOOK. a WELL THOUGHT INTRO TO A NICELY SPIRITED EXPLORATION OF CLAY. NICELY MADE, FAR OUT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zoe C. Johnson on December 13, 2013
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Wow, this is a wonderful book. It has wonderful philosophy and ideas. I am eager to return to pinch pots and try his technique. I do a lot of work with colored clay and like his recipes and the effects he got. i am thrilled with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patty on March 29, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for a dear friend, she lives for hand building little gem pots to plant seedlings in. She sells at a local farmers market. Each customer get the plant and a signed pot....
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