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Beach, Sue on mon 5 dec 05

I would like to give my husband some gift suggestions for me this
holiday season that are clay related books or dvds. I'd appreciate
suggestions from the list.
My skill level is intermediate and my clay related interests broad.
Sue Beach
Muncie, IN

Chris Stanley on mon 5 dec 05

They have just released the famous Maria Martinez film "Maria" on DVD.
What a wonderful gift it would make!

polly on mon 5 dec 05

Here is a good site to look at for gift ideas. Brian Gartside's glaze
texture posters are both visually appealing and also very useful for
anyone interested in basic creative surfaces for clay. All the images
are clearly labelled with the simple volume ingredients. refer to

Chuck Wagoner on mon 12 dec 05

Hi Sue,

I have the Peeler Ceramic Films, Potters of the USA and Japan for 39.95
and "Ceramic Methods" for 39.95.

You may preview them if you like,

Merry Christmas,

Chuck Wagoner
Rockville, IN

Info Below.....

Chuck Wagoner
RR2 Box 21
Rockville, IN 47872
(765) 569-5423
(765) 492-5133 (Work)

The tapes originally sold for 45.00 each. (8 tapes) Now we are putting
the four "Methods" films on one tape and the four "Potters" films on one
tape. The cost of each compilation is 39.95 plus 3.50 shipping and
handling for each tape. Free previews are available. Contact me for any
further information.

The following is a transcription of the flyer that went out with the
Peeler's 16mm films back in 1982. I have also posted a letter Marj
Peeler wrote me about the making of the films and her involvement in
them. This will give anyone interested in them an idea of what they are
and about.



The eight color films in the ceramic art series are a wonderful
opportunity to introduce your students to the exciting world of

The producers, Richard and Marj Peeler are full time studio potters with
many years' experience. Mr. Peeler was a teacher of ceramics for over 20
years; the last fourteen years were as Assoc. Professor of Art at DePauw
University. He is past president of the National Council of Education
for the Ceramic Arts.

By showing ceramic artists at work, these films provide unique insight
into the methods, materials, and equipment basic to the art and craft of
ceramics. Artists' commentaries are included to give an insight into
their thinking and philosophy in planning and executing their work. The
presentation of good examples of both historical and contemporary
pottery and sculpture will stimulate the student's awareness of and
sensitivity to ceramic art, and will inspire him to work in clay

Ceramics, What? Why? How?

This introductory film presents an overall picture of materials and
processes used in the production of ceramics. Opening with a sequence on
a primitive method of firing pottery, the film turns next to the basic
substance of ceramics ----clay--- and shows different kinds of clay,
where and how it is obtained and how it is made ready for use. Several
forming methods are demonstrated. Pieces are bisque fired in a kiln and
then glazed. Composition of glazes is discussed and we see some of the
ways in which glazes can be applied. The word "kiln" is defined and five
different kinds are seen. In final firing the intense heat melts the
glazes, fuses them to the pots, and brings out the colors.
color * 16 minutes*

The Coil Method

This film shows how an artist develops an idea and translates it into
form using clay ropes or coils, one of the basic methods in ceramic art.
It gives the viewer an appreciation of coil-built ceramics, both ancient
and contemporary and presents an approach to good design using organic
forms for inspiration. Mr. Peeler is shown sketching and planning his
design and then building the piece. He explains every phase of the work.
Emphasis is given to a flowing pleasing contour and suggestions for
variations and adaptations of the method are made.
color * 21 minutes *

Handbuilding Methods

This film presents a basic introduction to several hand-building methods
--- ways to create pottery and sculpture forms by hand with a minimum of
tools and equipment. Includes pinching, with variations, use of soft
slabs, use of slabs over existing objects used as molds, hollowing a
solid form, use of stiffened slabs, some ways of texturing. Does not
include the coil methods. (see film "The Coil Method") Emphasizes the
joy of creating forms without the use of a wheel.
color * 16 minutes *

4. Creating Mosaics and Tiles

The immense variety and versatility of ceramic tiles and mosaics are the
subject of this film which will increase the viewer's sensitivity to
pattern and texture, and stimulate awareness of mosaic or patterned tile
walls encountered in community or the home. Throughout the film, good
craftsmanship is stressed. Mr. Peeler first demonstrates hand methods of
making clay tiles, and then shows planning and layout stages of the
project for which the tiles are to be used. Procedures for stacking,
glazing, cementing in place and grouting are demonstrated and many
methods of creating texture and patterns with simple, improvised tools,
found objects and clay stamps are shown.
color * 15 minutes *

5 and 6

Potters of Japan, Parts 1 and 2 These two films, shot on location in
Japan, will reveal the influence Japanese pottery has had on ceramics
all over the world, and give insight into Japanese culture through the
ceramic methods and philosophies of the five potters shown in each film.
Each man is famous for his mastery of a particular technique and the
viewer gets a rare opportunity to observe him closely as he works. These
men frequently depend upon heat, flames, and wood ash to finish their
work, and the pottery reflects the wide range of results, which is
inevitable in this unique partnership with nature. Because each man
carries on the work of his ancestors, pottery is seen being made much as
it was centuries ago. A particular attraction of these films if the
firing of the multi-chambered Japanese kilns.

Mori Pottery of Shikoku
Kei Fujiwara at Bizen
Mr. Ichino at Tamba
Ancient elbo-made pots near Kyoto
Yuzo Kondo at Kyoto Bidai
color * 16 minutes 8

Mr. Rokusai at Shigaraki
Takuo Kato at Tajimi
Mr. Kaneshigi at Bizen
Mr. Shimaoka at Mashiko
Raku Pottery at Kyoto
color * 15 minutes *

7 and 8

Potters of the U.S.A. Parts 1 and 2 Four outstanding American potters
are presented working and discussing their craft in each of these two
films shot in the artists' own studios. Those visited are all sound,
successful craftsmen, with many years' experience. Because each one
discusses his own personal philosophy and talks about his work, a
feeling of intimacy is created between the artist mad the viewer A wide
variety of forming and glazing methods are demonstrated and many of each
artists' finished pieces are shown in addition to those in progress. The
works range from vase shapes on which the artist has inscribed poetry
and quotations to a hundred-foot-long ceramic mural.

Charles Lakofsky, William Wyman, Vivika and Otto Heino
color * 16 minutes *

Warren Mackenzie, Paul Bogatay, Toshiko Takaezu, Frans Wildenhain
color * 17 minutes *

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG] On Behalf Of Beach,
> Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 4:23 PM
> Subject: Request for Book & DVD recommendations
> I would like to give my husband some gift suggestions for me this
> holiday season that are clay related books or dvds. I'd appreciate
> suggestions from the list.
> My skill level is intermediate and my clay related interests broad.
> Thanks.
> Sue Beach
> Muncie, IN
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