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buying books

updated tue 6 oct 98


Cindy on sat 3 oct 98

Not long ago, there was a question regarding "Functional Pottery" by Robin
Hopper. I won't join the rest in singing Robin's praises because there's no
need, but I do have a suggestion for the rest of us who feel uncomfortable
shelling out $50 or more for a book we've never seen.

Go to your library and ask to see the book. If it's not there (as is nearly
always the case in my small town), your librarian will, in all probability,
be happy to obtain it for you on inter-library loan. Some places this is
free, and other places, you'll be asked to pay a small postage fee. Then
you get to keep the book for anywhere between two weeks and a month and
decide if it's worth your hard-earned cash. It's a great deal, IMO, even if
you have to pay the postage.

Cindy Strnad
Earthen Vessels
Custer, SD

Bob Stryker on mon 5 oct 98

Dear Clayarters,

A recent edition of the U.S. radio program "Sound Money" had a good
suggestion for buying books. If your library does not carry a
particular title that you are seeking, ask the librarian if you can
purchase the book for the library. If they agree, you can donate the
book, check it out when you need it and best of all you can deduct the
value of the book from your taxes. I realize that deductability laws
probably vary from country to country (maybe from state to state), but
it sounds like a win-win situation to me.

Some books on my bookshelf that I would not be without:

_Pioneer Pottery_ by Michael Cardew
_The Potter's Dictionary of Materials and Techniques_ by Frank and Janet
_Handmade Tiles Designing, Making, Decorating_ by Frank Giorgini

Bob Stryker
Minnesota Clay USA