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The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty

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First edition hardback book signed by Bernard Leach, who adapted the book, on the inside cover page (signature dedicated to Eva Band). This book challenges the conventional ideas of art and beauty. What is the value of things made by an anonymous craftsman working in a set tradition and producing the same objects continuously for a lifetime? What is the value of handwork? Why should even a roughly lacquered Japanese farmer's rice bowl be beautiful? The late Soetsu Yananagi 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 which art, philosophy, and religion arise and in which the barriers between them disappear - an ego-free world of pure innocence and constant rebirth. The implications of the author's ideas are both far-reaching and practical. What is the process of making and forming patterns - of artistic creation? What attitudes help an artist's work touch an unending source of life? Soetsu Yanagi is often mentioned in books on Japanese art as the founder of Japan's folkcraft movement, but this is the first translation in any Western language of a selection of his major writings. Bernard Leach, the renowned British potter and friend of Mr Yanagi for fifty years, has adapted the difficult Japanese and has clearly transmitted the insight and inspiration of one of modern Japan's most important thinkers. The twelve colour and sixty four black and white plates primarily illustrate objects collected by Mr Yanagi himself for the Japanese Folkcraft Museum in Tokyo, which he founded. The author's profound view of the creative process and his plea for a new artistic freedom within traditions are especially timely now - perhaps even overdue. This 232 page hardback book is in good condition. The textured cover is covered in a plastic protector, which has some very small marks on it. There is some minor creasing to the corners and edges of the spine of the hardback cover from how it has been stored, The binding is in good condition and the pages are clean. There are some marks to the side and bottom of the page block and significant brown spotting to the top of the page block, but this is only noticeable when the book is closed,

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Added value:
Signed first edition
Author(s):
Soetsu Yanagi. Foreword by Shoji Hamada. Adapted by Bernard Leach
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
9.5 x 7 x 1in
Edition:
First edition
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
232
Publisher:
Kodansha International Ltd

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First edition hardback book signed by Bernard Leach, who adapted the book, on the inside cover page (signature dedicated to Eva Band). This book challenges the conventional ideas of art and beauty. What is the value of things made by an anonymous craftsman working in a set tradition and producing the same objects continuously for a lifetime? What is the value of handwork? Why should even a roughly lacquered Japanese farmer's rice bowl be beautiful? The late Soetsu Yananagi 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 which art, philosophy, and religion arise and in which the barriers between them disappear - an ego-free world of pure innocence and constant rebirth. The implications of the author's ideas are both far-reaching and practical. What is the process of making and forming patterns - of artistic creation? What attitudes help an artist's work touch an unending source of life? Soetsu Yanagi is often mentioned in books on Japanese art as the founder of Japan's folkcraft movement, but this is the first translation in any Western language of a selection of his major writings. Bernard Leach, the renowned British potter and friend of Mr Yanagi for fifty years, has adapted the difficult Japanese and has clearly transmitted the insight and inspiration of one of modern Japan's most important thinkers. The twelve colour and sixty four black and white plates primarily illustrate objects collected by Mr Yanagi himself for the Japanese Folkcraft Museum in Tokyo, which he founded. The author's profound view of the creative process and his plea for a new artistic freedom within traditions are especially timely now - perhaps even overdue. This 232 page hardback book is in good condition. The textured cover is covered in a plastic protector, which has some very small marks on it. There is some minor creasing to the corners and edges of the spine of the hardback cover from how it has been stored, The binding is in good condition and the pages are clean. There are some marks to the side and bottom of the page block and significant brown spotting to the top of the page block, but this is only noticeable when the book is closed,

Added value:
Signed first edition
Author(s):
Soetsu Yanagi. Foreword by Shoji Hamada. Adapted by Bernard Leach
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
9.5 x 7 x 1in
Edition:
First edition
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
232
Publisher:
Kodansha International Ltd

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