Here's a sampling of books I recommend.

On Being An Artist

Michael Craig-Martin

About Looking

John Berger

Art and the Creative Unconscious

Erich Neumann


Alexander Langlands

20th Century Ceramics

Edmund de Waal

Accidental Design

Takahashi Sugimoto

Aesthetics: The Classic Readings

David E. Cooper, Editor

A Theory of Craft

Howard Risatti

Art as Experience

John Dewey


A Book of  Pottery

 Henry Varnum Poor

Ceramic Millenium

Garth Clark, Editor

Clay Talks

Reflections by American Master Ceramists

Emily Galusha, Editor

Color and Fire

Jo Lauria

The Japanese Pottery Handbook

Penny Simpson, Lucy Kitto, Kanji Sodeoka

The Potter's Art

Garth Clark

Everything That Rises

Lawrence Weschler


Maria Elena Buszek

Inside Japanese Ceramics

Richard L. Wilson

The Invisible Core

Marguerite Wildenhain

The Culture of Craft

Peter Dormer, Editor

The Meaning of Art

Herbert Read

Objects & Meaning

Anna Fariello and Paula Owen, Editors


A.L. Sadler

Seeing is Forgetting

Lawrence Weschler


Garth Clark

A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics

Donald Richie

Ten Thousand Years of Pottery

Emmanuel Cooper

The Craft Reader

Glenn Adamson

The Kiln Book

Frederick L. Olsen

Thinking Through Craft

Glenn Adamson

Tea in Japan

Paul Varley and Kamakura Isao, Editors

What Art Is

Arthur C. Danto

Uncommon Clay

Sideny B. Cardozo

and Masaaki Hirano

The Persistence of Craft

Paul Greenhalgh, Editor

World Ceramics

Hugo and Marjorie Munsterberg

Zen and Japanese Culture

Daisetz T. Suzuki

In Praise of Shadows

Junichiro Tanizaki

Zen and the Art of Archery

Eugen Herrigel

The Art of Ogata Kenzan

Richard L. Wilson

The Unknown Craftsmann

Soetsu Yanagi

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