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If you don’t own any of Lark’s acclaimed ceramics books yet, this is your chance to win four standout releases. To be entered for a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 9 pm EST on Tuesday, September 28th. Any post counts, but we’d love to hear about your most prized piece of ceramics. Is it a raku vase from a local artist? A goblet you were given as a housewarming present? Or maybe it’s a sculpture from a family member. Either way, we’d like to hear about it and why it means so much to you. We’ll announce the randomly chosen winner on October 5th. See the official rules and regulations here.

Be the first to own 500 Vases before it’s even available in stores! (For everyone else, you can pick up your copy on  October 5th or pre-order here.) The vases in this survey are far more than utilitarian objects; in this spectacular collection you’ll find works that challenge and enchant. As juror/potter Julia Galloway points out “the best vases transcend service and stand on their own as art.” Get ready to look at the vase in a whole new light with these extraordinary pieces of art. Front cover art by Priscilla Hollingsworth.

From freestanding objects to large-scale instillations, the works in 500 Ceramic Sculptures show the exciting diversity of ceramic art. Juror Glen R. Brown carefully honed this collection from over 7,500 submissions—a difficult task indeed—but what you’ll find is the best of the best of contemporary ceramic sculpture. Front cover art by Jeff Kaller.

Masters Porcelain showcases the work of 40 leading sculptors and potters using porcelain today. It’s a fascinating snapshot of porcelain’s unique expressive and technical qualities, and offers a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the featured artists. Curated by ceramist Richard Burkett, this is the first book in the Masters series, and the perfect book to start with for your very own growing Masters library. Front cover art by Sergei Isupov, Keisuke Mizuno, Silvie Granatelli, Harlan House, and Richard Shaw.

According to AmericanStyle magazine, flipping through the pages of Masters: Earthenware is like exploring a fine art gallery. Handpicked by the late ceramist Matthias Ostermann, 38 international ceramic artists are profiled with galleries of their spectacular work, and as with each and every Masters book, you’ll find insightful quotes from the artists interspersed throughout the images. Front cover art by Phyllis Kloda, Joan Takayama-Ogawa, and Holly Walker.

Now, go polish up your coffee table and clear some space—these books demand to be admired, poured over, and deliciously savored. Good luck to all who enter!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Simone for leaving the winning comment, as determined by a drawing at random.org. Enjoy!

 
 
 

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    Lark’s 500 series offer a wealth of approaches and ideas and a high level of artistic resolution. I love paging through them to see how other artists think, and use them in the classroom to talk with students about the MANY ways of solving the same problem with personal design decisions. I had the opportunity to jury the 500 Plates book, and it was so wonderful to see all the entries. Thanks, Lark, for making such good resources.

    Lisa Naples says:

    Lark publishing is a gift to the worlds of Ceramic art and Ceramic art lovers alike. Adding these 4 books to my collection would bring me joy.

    Mangomerle says:

    omg I am in love with the cover of the ceramic sculptures book. Can’t stop staring at it.

    Melissa Muys says:

    I’ve seen only one of them and liked it. I try to follow up ceramics and it is a good source. Maybe one on European ceramics should perfect the series!

    Gerrie says:

    These are gorgeous books. I would love to have them.

    Forrestgard says:

    I can read.

    Ldonnelly says:

    My most loved piece of ceramics is a hand thrown and decorated stoneware majolica bowl that depicts a young lady dancing through different spiritual and trying times of her life. The artist has shown how we all have ‘moments’ in life.

    Barbara says:

    The Southwest School of Art will be launching a new BFA program in 2013. As part of our accreditation we will be being a library. This would be a great addition to our beginning collections, as I sure many more volumns of Lark Books will find their way into our new library.

    Amelia says:

    Love LARK ceramics books- 500 Ceramic Sculptures is my favorite!

    Amelia says:

    Love LARK ceramics books- 500 Ceramic Sculptures is my favorite!

    Brenda Moore says:

    Most of my pottery collection consists of pieces that bring back a memory…..maybe a trip, a workshop, a potter friend…something special. But my favorite is a vase made by a very special friend who died, much too young, from breast cancer. Her name was Diane Rousseau and every time I look at her vase, I think of her beautiful smile, her immense talent, and especially of how she made everyone she came in contact with feel special. I feel fortunate to have one of her creations and I cherish the memories it brings.

    Canarytv2 says:

    These books are great. Wonderful inspiration

    Canarytv2 says:

    These books are great. Wonderful inspiration

    Hansenjeni says:

    super excited about 500 Vases!

    Elise says:

    I have too many pots to choose just one ‘prized’ clay object. I must say, however, that using handmade pottery makes life better. I love feeling the handmade object – it has more life. Also, if I have met the artist, I can think of that person as I enjoy the ceramic item and that brings a warmer, more human touch to the object.

    Dallas Dodge says:

    My favorite pot is a Ken Ferguson tea bowl I bought out of a show with ,George Timock and Victor Babu.All three men had
    hand delivered the show to our little gallery on campus at Emporia State(Kansas) that was about 1976 or 1977. I wanted to
    also buy a Babu piece but I spent a months worth of beer money on that iron saturate over khaki teabowl and had to eat
    49 cent mac and cheese diners for weeks later but as a art student I was used to that. But it was well worth it I still have the
    teabowl and display it proudly

    Lizinpa1 says:

    My most treasured ceramic piece is a set of turtles that my sweet daughter made for me when she was 10 years old. They are truly priceless to me. Just holding one of the turtles to revisit and admire how her fingers carefully shaped it sends me back through time and to really special moments with her. I have to say that the cover art on each of these editions is gorgeous and really sparks my creative drive – I can’t wait to sit down and pour over any one or all of these!

    Robin Rodgers says:

    Although I have many excellent pieces by potter friends and heroes, one of my most treasured happens to be a small piece I made years ago that I took to the Alabama Clay Conference in Montgomery, Alabama. Everyone who attended the conference brought a piece or two to be critiqued by guest presenter Val Cushing. There were so many pots that Val said it would take all day to accomplish the feat of critiquing a few hundred pieces. He picked out only a handful, and told us what he found interesting about them. One was a piece of mine, and I will always treasure it because of his encouraging critique. I have been making pots as a career ever since!

    Helen says:

    my most special ceramic treasure is a little blue bird with a open beak that can be used to hold little objects – my grandmother gave it to me and it was made in Austria……….

    nan emmett says:

    selecting only one favorite ceramic piece would be difficult.
    when i lived in oregon i belonged to the OPA and was able to collect wonderful pieces from some of the( i think) best potters in the country. so a short list of favs
    Chris Gumm platter, Patrick Horsley black/bronze bambooish vase..love that, Michael Fromme woodfired vases,
    and from Texas: Billy Ray Mangham Bird Heads

    Jessica Orlowski says:

    Lark’s 500 series is a resource I often turned to when I was a student in need of inspiration. Now that I have graduated and am on my own I miss my schools’ Lark collections!

    Badfairy2 says:

    my fav pottery is a mask of the Wind made by an old friend. Has a special place in my garden…

    Anonymous says:

    It’s difficult to pick one, so i’ll cheat a little. The pot that i place the most personal value on is a simple cup from my first instructor. He really provided solid perspective and constructive criticism that I continue to pull on now, and will years from now. The second is a pitcher from Ellen Shankin. It is archetypal, perfectly balanced, light; but not fragile. In addition to its stunning aesthetics, it may be the most utilitarian pot I own, as it provides me with water daily.

    Chloe Rothwell says:

    I <3 books and clay.

    Jacqueline Thompson says:

    My favorite piece of ceramic art right now is one I created at a wonderful workshop hosted by Lisa Ehrich with guest artists Liz Lurie and Peter Beasecker. The piece is is basket form with a beautiful wide handle with four unique forms. The forms developed out a drawing, throwing, and critique exercise. The final basket was the third of a series of three basket forms, each having a different style of handle. I love the final creation because it represents pure creativity and evolution out a focused art exercise. The workshop was busy and challenging, but rewarded me with a evolutionary experience as a developing ceramic artist. The basket also won an Honorable Mention award in a first time entered show with the Hill Country Arts Foundation, which only confirmed the whole experience of creating in clay with these wonderful artists.

    Posted is a link to a photo of the piece: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30730803&id=1101830496&ref=fbx_album#!/photo.php?pid=30730802&id=1101830496&ref=fbx_album&fbid=1229467652449

    Thank you,
    Jacqueline Thompson

    Sheri Leigh says:

    I love that ceramic artists trade for work they’d like to have. A lot of the pieces I have in my home, that I live with daily and love, came from trades, and hopefully they’re enjoying my work as much as I am theirs.

    Mary Benjamin says:

    Perfect books to add to The Best of Missouri Hand’s library!

    Mary Benjamin says:

    Perfect books to add to The Best of Missouri Hand’s library!

    Jenn S says:

    I have a slab box with a funky cat on it made and given to me by a dear friend as a birthday present one year. I keep my most prized and cherished items in it.

    Arthur says:

    My favorite piece of ceramic art is a little slip-cast bunny made by Amy Santoferraro that she gave me herself when our class took a trip to Philly while I was still in college. I love that when I look at that piece each time it brings back fond memories of visiting the Clay Studio and getting the chance to meet Amy in person.

    Arthur says:

    My favorite piece of ceramic art is a little slip-cast bunny made by Amy Santoferraro that she gave me herself when our class took a trip to Philly while I was still in college. I love that when I look at that piece each time it brings back fond memories of visiting the Clay Studio and getting the chance to meet Amy in person.

    Birdson says:

    I would treasure the Masters work in this lovely book…

    Jeccica says:

    OOOOh I would love these.

    Zen Sutherland says:

    oh my gosh, i’d love any *ONE* of these books, but all 4? COUNT ME IN!

    My favorite piece of pottery is a bowl i bought from a college student during his thesis show. It is a great piece to own and felt wonderful helping this budding artist get a start in the world.

    me me pick me!

    Margaret says:

    My favorite piece is a Gerry Williams seconds vase. It is big, round, blue and brown and reminds me of the world. I have tried for years to make something similar, at this point I would be happy just to have a similar glaze. Maybe these books would help.

    Margaret says:

    My favorite piece is a Gerry Williams seconds vase. It is big, round, blue and brown and reminds me of the world. I have tried for years to make something similar, at this point I would be happy just to have a similar glaze. Maybe these books would help.

    Mary A. Gran says:

    First of all, Lark Books are my ABSOLUTE favorite! I look for Lark first at any bookstore and own as many pottery books as a human can so what a great duo – Lark and Pottery! I am a potter and teach from my studio and I also use Lark pottery books in my classes weekly. My favorite piece of pottery? A vase by Cynthia Bringle! Tall, warm with just a hint of brushwork. A smile automatically spreads across my face when I walk through the room past this vase. It simply makes me feel GOOD!

    Mary A. Gran says:

    First of all, Lark Books are my ABSOLUTE favorite! I look for Lark first at any bookstore and own as many pottery books as a human can so what a great duo – Lark and Pottery! I am a potter and teach from my studio and I also use Lark pottery books in my classes weekly. My favorite piece of pottery? A vase by Cynthia Bringle! Tall, warm with just a hint of brushwork. A smile automatically spreads across my face when I walk through the room past this vase. It simply makes me feel GOOD!

    Bonnie says:

    Looking forward to seeing the new book – every one of the 500 series has provided me with lots of inspiration for my own art. Even if the topic is different from my medium, the creativity each books inspires is priceless. How about a 500 book on Gourds?

    Karen says:

    What a great bundle!

    Karen Grayson says:

    I have always loved Lark Books. At the present, I have been doing mosaic work (I make yard globes from old bowling balls using mirrors pieces and stained glass) and pulled from my book shelf “Creative Garden Mosaics” by Jill MacKay….a Lark Book, which has been very helpful. Your publishing’s are always filled with many wonderful inspiring illustrations and step by step instructions that are clear and easy to follow.

    And in regards to a personal favorite piece of pottery, I guess it would have to be my green basket in a matte finish, with a little frog attached to it’s side. I purchased it at the Nordic Fest which is always held in Decorah, Iowa each year. I feel that it is always important to support the local artists, whenever possible.

    It has always been my desire to take pottery classes someday and the the ceramics books would be an invaluable source of excellent ideas and inspiration!

    Jenny Dubats says:

    My favorite pieces of pottery are my John Glick platter and sugar bowl. I visited Mr Glick’s studio , Plum Tree Pottery with my Mother about 6 years ago. I was an intermediate potter at the time and Mr. Glick graciously gave me and Mom a tour of his studio and showed us his beautiful tiled kiln and his sculptural work. I purchased my platter and Mom purchased a sugar bowl. It was out of character for her but I never suspected that she was purchasing my Christmas present. I have collected many lovely pieces of pottery by wonderful potters but these pieces are meaningful because of the memory of this lovely afternoon with my Mother . Thank you John.

    Diane Kenney says:

    These books should be in every library of ceramic arts schools, organizations or anyone interested in clay – they’re great!

    Pat Wara says:

    I can’t choose! They’re all my favorites and there’s a memory attached to each one. All my ceramics are like children. They all have their own peculiarities and personalities; but unlike children, they don’t talk back and I like to eat and drink off of them too. Picture books are my favorite and Lark’s books fit the profile. Would love to have a set!

    Aja says:

    Can I win ALL of your books ;-)

    Simone Allwood says:

    I have many of your ceramic books and love them, this would be fantastic to win as I’m a new potter and love the inspiration these beautiful books provide

    Kerrie says:

    I am a high school librarian, and the art teacher at my school says these books are the BEST. Our Advanced Placement students need more visual stimulation for their portfolios, so I would love to win them for our school!

    CJ says:

    I’ve just finished art school and I will hopefully be a highschool art teacher soon. I want to expose my high school students to good art early on and I would love to have these books as a reference tool in my classroom. All the Lark Books I’ve seen (the jewelry ones mainly, as I was a jewelry major in college) are so inspiring and full of great images. Clay is something I want to teach, but have limited experience with. These would be so helpful.
    My favorite piece of pottery is a set of cups that I purchased from a ceramics school in Tuscany. They are a wonderful reminder of my trip to Italy.

    Elizabeth Hunter says:

    I love the “500″ series!

    Jan Pidwell says:

    I already have a number of lark book, 500 animals,500 figures and ‘The Figure in clay ” being my favorites. I would love to own more. As to my most prized piece of ceramics – it changes all the time but possibly pieces by Fiona Tunnicliffe get the most votes. Jan Pidwell ( NZ)

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