Monday, July 14, 2008

Book: 500 Plates & Chargers

Just got my complimentary copy of Lark's latest ceramic book; "500 Plates and Chargers"

The plate on the cover is by Josh Deweese. "That's a luscious pink, Josh!"

The book was 'juried' by maiolica potter and University of Florida professor, Linda Arbuckle.

She's done a great job of selecting the pots for this book. A lot of variety and some really fine work from all over the world. It's more than just 'eye candy'.

The book is definitely worth spending some time with.

Lark Books is based in Asheville, in the piedmont area of North Carolina which is one of my favorite areas for pottery. Seagrove is the area that gets all the publicity and all the tourists. And you do have some great potters there and some of the famous pottery families there as well, such as the Owens', the Meaders, etc. but, in truth, the best work is elsewhere.

Around Asheville, you can find a lot of great potters in the Bakersville area, Roan Mountain and, of course around the famous Penland Crafts School.

If you can't buy it, find a bookstore that has it, find a chair, browse and absorb.
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Patricia Griffin said...

Hi! Just found your site on Wood Fired Pottery blog and loved this post on "500 Plates and Chargers"... I actually have photos on my blog of Linda Arbuckle teaching a workshop. Great artist, potter, teacher... Love your blog. Now on my must-read list. Thanks!

Russel Fouts said...

Gee! Thanks! I'm surprised you found it. I haven't really made it public yet but your comments are very encouraging.


Michael Kline said...

As a Bakersville/Penland, NC potter I thank you for your kind words of our pottery work. Mark Hewitt jokingly refers to the Penland area as Seagrove West!

As far as the record, the Meaders' pottery family is from NE Georgia, but we're all "brothers in clay".

Another note on the Lark books line, the pots featured in this series are "juried' only from submissions, as far as I know. This leaves the series, in my opinion, lacking the overview that such titles imply.