The author's profound view of the creative process and his plea for a new artistic freedom within tradition are especially timely now when the importance of craft and the handmade object is being rediscovered. Yanagi for fifty years, has clearly transmitted the insights of one of Japan's most important thinkers.
The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty - What is the value of things made by an anonymous craftsman working in a set tradition for a lifetime? What is the value of handwork? Why should even the roughly lacquered rice bowl of a Japanese farmer be thought beautiful? The late Soetsu Yanagi was the first to fully explore the traditional Japanese appreciation for "objects born, not made.
Mr. Yanagi sees folk art as a manifestation of the essential world from which art, philosophy, and religion arise and in which the barriers between them disappear. This book challenges the conventional ideas of art and beauty.
Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & PhilosophersImperfect Publishing - Nearly every book with "wabi" or "wabi sabi" in the title is based on the concepts first elucidated in this book. An updated version of the seminal 1994 classic volume on the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Imperfect Publishing.
In Praise of ShadowsLeete'S Island Books - Imperfect Publishing. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure. Independent Pub Group. An essay on aesthetics by the japanese novelist, jade, this book explores architecture, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings.
The Japanese Pottery Handbook: Revised EditionKodansha USA - There’s also a new page showing different types of brushes; and the Information chapter has been updated to include websites and recent books. The book is a manual to the way pots are made in Japan, their forms, and their decorations. The authors give a thorough account of both traditional and modern techniques and also describe in detail tools, glazes, materials, and the setup of workshops and kilns.
Kodansha. The japanese pottery handbook, beloved by anyone interested in pottery for its practical, has become a classic, step-by-step approach, first published by Kodansha in 1979, and homespun charm. Imperfect Publishing. Lucy kiitto’s sprightly drawings infuse each page with life and clarity. Pottery terms and expressions are listed with their Japanese equivalents, and the new edition keeps the bi-lingual text, making it easier for the exchange of ideas between foreign students studying in Japan and Japanese potters.
The Japanese Pottery Handbook: Revised Edition - Independent Pub Group. The book has a cleaner, friendly, yet retains the simple, more modern look, and distinctively Japanese sensibility of the original. In addition to the new layout and drawings, the authors have tweaked the text and expanded several sections including the discussion of underglazing and overglazing, and the Tea Ceremony and its utensils.
. Now, thirty-five years since its publication, expanding and adding to the material, authors Penny Simpson and Lucy Kitto have refreshed their work, re-designing the pages, and re-drawing many of the delightful illustrations.
The Beauty of Everyday Things Penguin ClassicsPenguin Classics - Imperfect Publishing. In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, The Beauty of Everyday Things is a call for each of us to deepen our relationship with the objects that surround us. Independent Pub Group. They should, in short, be things of beauty. Long revered as the authority on craftsmanship and Japanese aesthetics, Yanagi devoted his life and writing to defend the value of craft.
Inspired by the work of the simple artisans yanagi encountered on his lifelong travels through Japan and Korea, this now-classic book is a heartfelt defence of modest, handcrafted objects, honest, from traditional teacups to jars to paper—objects that exemplify the beauty of everyday things. They should be natural and simple, sturdy and safe—an aesthetic fulfillment of our practical needs.
The Beauty of Everyday Things Penguin Classics - As such, writes soetsu yanagi, they should be made with care and built to last, treated with respect and even affection. Kodansha. The japanese philosopher and aesthete's definitive, hugely influential exposition of his philosophy of folkcrafts, quality, of course, wabi-sabi, setting out the hallmarks of Japanese design as we know it today: anonymity, simplicity and honesty—and, the beauty of imperfectionA Penguin ClassicOur lives are filled with objects.
Everyday things used in everyday settings, they are our constant companions.
The Book Of TeaIndependently published - The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism—Teaism. Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.
In china, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is hygiene, for it enforces cleanliness; it is economics, for it shows comfort in simplicity rather than in the complex and costly; it is moral geometry, inasmuch as it defines our sense of proportion to the universe.
The Book Of Tea - The philosophy of tea is not mere aestheticism in the ordinary acceptance of the term, for it expresses conjointly with ethics and religion our whole point of view about man and nature. It represents the true spirit of Eastern democracy by making all its votaries aristocrats in taste. Kodansha. Independent Pub Group.
Taken from "the book of Tea" written by Kakuzō Okakura Imperfect Publishing.
Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of ImpermanenceTuttle Publishing - Taken from the japanese words wabi, which translates to less is more, and sabi, which means attentive melancholy, wabi sabi refers to an awareness of the transient nature of earthly things and a corresponding pleasure in the things that bear the mark of this impermanence. Developed out of the aesthetic philosophy of cha-no-yu the tea ceremony in fifteenth-century Japan, impermanent, wabi sabi is an aesthetic that finds beauty in things imperfect, and incomplete.
. Kodansha. Independent Pub Group. Presenting itself as an alternative to today's fast-paced, mass-produced, neon-lighted world, wabi sabi reminds us to slow down and take comfort in the natural beauty around us. In addition to presenting the philosophy of wabi-sabi, mind, this book includes how-to design advice—so that a transformation of body, and home can emerge.
Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence - Chapters include:history: the development of wabi sabiculture: Wabi Sabi and the Japanese CharacterArt: Defining AestheticsDesign: Creating Expressions with Wabi Sabi MaterialsSpirit: The Universal Spirit of Wabi Sabi Imperfect Publishing. As much a state of mind—an awareness of the things around us and an acceptance of our surroundings—as it is a design style, a quiet rainy day, wabi sabi begs us to appreciate the pure beauty of life—a chipped vase, the impermanence of all things.
A Tractate on Japanese AestheticsStone Bridge Press - Paperback. Imperfect Publishing. This provocative book is a tractate—a treatise—on beauty in Japanese art, written in the manner of a zuihitsu, a free-ranging assortment of ideas that “follow the brush” wherever it leads. Donald Richie. Tuttle Publishing. A tractate on Japanese Aesthetics. Kodansha. He explains aesthetic concepts like wabi, and yugen, aware, sabi, and ponders their relevance in art and cinema today.
Donald richie looks at how perceptual values in Japan were drawn from raw nature and then modified by elegant expressions of class and taste. Independent Pub Group. Donald richie is the foremost explorer of Japanese culture in English, and this work is the culmination of sixty years of observing and writing from his home in Tokyo.
The Nature and Art of WorkmanshipHerbert Press - Init, david pye explores the meaning of skill and its relationship todesign and manufacture. Kodansha. Tuttle Publishing. This is one of the classic books on craftsmanship and design. Cutting through a century of fuzzythinking, he proposes a new theory of making based on the concept ofgood workmanship and shows how it imparts all-important diversity toour visual environment.
Independent Pub Group. Imperfect Publishing. Donald Richie. Paperback. A tractate on Japanese Aesthetics.
Wabi-Sabi: Further ThoughtsImperfect Publishing - A tractate on Japanese Aesthetics. An insightful book for thoughtful creators. Kodansha. Tuttle Publishing. A useful complement to wabi-sabi: for Artists, impermanent, Poets & Philosophers, Designers, the seminal volume on the beauty of things imperfect, and incomplete. Imperfect Publishing. Donald Richie. Independent Pub Group.
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A Potter's BookUnicorn Publishing Group - With this classic book, potters can learn everything, from how to set up their workshop to how to adapt pigment and glaze recipes to how to design custom kilns. When potters throw clay onto a stone, they make a connection across centuries to ancient workshops. The techniques and traditions of these early craftsmen, especially those of China’s Sung dynasty, still inform many of the pottery practices in use today, thanks to the seminal work of Bernard Leach.
Imperfect Publishing. Thanks to leach’s time in japan and collaborations with master potter Shoji Hamada, it also serves as a fascinating look at the interplay between Eastern and Western art. Donald Richie. Paperback. It spotlights four types of pottery: Japanese raku, stoneware, English slipware, and oriental porcelain.
A Potter's Book - . Unicorn Press CA. Imperfect Publishing. Independent Pub Group. Kodansha. It became an immediate hit among potters who embraced its ideal of unity, spontaneity, and simplicity of form. Tuttle Publishing.