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ceramics monthly woodfire video review

updated wed 30 apr 03


Stephen Fox on tue 29 apr 03

There have been many requests by phone to purchase the video or DVD
of "Recording the Flame: Woodfired Pottery", since the review in the May
Ceramics Monthly. The review provides only my e-mail address and phone
number, but the video can be purchased directly by credit card online from E-mail orders and payment by check,
however, are stll accepted.

The video is described as:

"Recording the Flame: Woodfired Pottery" is a new, 40 minute, documentary
video. The video offers the unique opportunity to hear the thoughts,
sentiments and philosophies of some of the world's great, contemporary
woodfire potters: Jeff Schapiro, Janet Mansfield, Jack Troy, Shiho
Johnston, Richard Bresnahan, Mark Hewitt, Chester Nealie, Karl Beamer,
Chuck Hindes and others and to see their work as part of the ancient
Chinese and Japanese tradition of natural ash glazing. It explains
woodfired ceramics and traces the history of its use through the ages,
emphasizing its relation to the other Japanese arts, especially the
influence of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

With a beautiful and sensitive presentation with an original score for
koto, the ancient Japanese stringed instrument, the work is dramatically
animated to engage both beginning and serious potters and students and the
faculty in the Arts, Religion, History, Asian Culture, Philosophy and
Anthropology, as well as those interested in video and filmmaking.