I suspect I’m more interesting as a communicator than a writer. I suppose I can say or write things fairly clearly and that’s a useful skill. I’m not a theoretical writer – I have knowledge of, and grasp of, theory but when, for example, I write about pots, I write as a maker, as a practitioner and that’s a very different viewpoint.

A HANDBOOK OF POTTERY

YEAR: 1970

PUBLISHER: Longman (Hardback)

CONTENT: For pottery beginners and a guide to teaching pottery in schools.

NOTE: As the first book it holds a special place in my affections. [Emmanuel Cooper]

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TAKING UP POTTERY

YEAR: 1972

PUBLISHER: Arthur Barker (Hardback)

CONTENT: For the unskilled beginner

NOTE: Mr Cooper writes with knowledge and experience – and without fuss. [Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie]

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A HISTORY OF POTTERY

YEAR: 1972

PUBLISHER: Longman (Hardback)

CONTENT: A history of world pottery

NOTE: Emmanuel Cooper has produced something we have never had before, and which was badly needed – a history…from the point of view of a potter and teacher.  [Michael Cardew]

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NEW CERAMICS

YEAR: 1974

PUBLISHER: Studio Vista (Hardback)

CONTENT: Collection of essays on new directions in ceramics edited by Emmanuel Cooper and Eileen Lewenstein.

NOTE: The best survey of its kind to appear in recent years [The Times]

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POTTERY

YEAR: 1976

PUBLISHER: McDonald (Paperback)

CONTENT: History of ceramics plus basic information for the pottery beginner

NOTE: Exceptionally clear and well illustrated. [Evening Standard].

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POTTENBAKKEN [POTTERY]

YEAR: 1976

PUBLISHER: Spectrum (Paperback)

CONTENT: History of ceramics plus basic information for the pottery beginner

NOTE: Dutch publication of 'Pottery' (see above)

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LA POTERIE [POTTERY]

YEAR: 1976/1980

PUBLISHER: Gamma (Paperback)

CONTENT: History of ceramics plus basic information for the pottery beginner

NOTE: French publication of 'Pottery' (see above). Also republished by Gamma in 1980

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TÖPFERN [POTTERY]

YEAR: 1979

PUBLISHER: Ravenburger (Hardback)

CONTENT: History of ceramics plus basic information for the pottery beginner

NOTE: German publication of 'Pottery' (see above).

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GLAZES FOR THE STUDIO POTTER

YEAR: 1978

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Hardback)

CONTENT: All aspects of making, applying functional and decorative glazes for studio potters.

NOTE:  …this masterly exposition of glaze technology for the studio potter.

[David Leach]

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GLAZES FOR THE STUDIO POTTER (Reprint)

YEAR: 1984

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Paperback)

CONTENT: All aspects of making, applying functional and decorative glazes for studio potters.

NOTE:  …this masterly exposition of glaze technology for the studio potter.

[David Leach]

 

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GLAZES FOR THE STUDIO POTTER (Reprint)

YEAR: 1992

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Paperback)

CONTENT: All aspects of making, applying functional and decorative glazes for studio potters.

NOTE:  …this masterly exposition of glaze technology for the studio potter.

[David Leach]

 

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GLAZES FOR THE STUDIO POTTER (Japan)

YEAR: 1995

PUBLISHER: Japan Publications Inc (Hardback)

CONTENT: All aspects of making, applying functional and decorative glazes for studio potters.

NOTE:  Japanese edition of 'Glazes For The Studio Potter'

THE POTTER'S BOOK OF GLAZE RECIPES

YEAR: 1980

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Hardback)

CONTENT: 500 glaze recipes plus information and advice for potters

NOTE: …a most valuable and innovative contribution to the library of works on glaze.  [Crafts]

 

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HANDBUCH DER KERAMIKGLASUR

[THE POTTER'S BOOK OF GLAZE RECIPES]

YEAR: 1983

PUBLISHER: Ravensburger (Hardback)

CONTENT: 500 glaze recipes plus information and advice for potters

NOTE: German edition of 'The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes'

 

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MANUAL DE BARNICES CERÁMICOS

[THE POTTER'S BOOK OF GLAZE RECIPES]

YEAR: 1982

PUBLISHER: Omega (Hardback)

CONTENT: 500 glaze recipes plus information and advice for potters

NOTE: Spanish edition of 'The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes'

 

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KERAMIKGLASYRER

[THE POTTER'S BOOK OF GLAZE RECIPES]

YEAR: 1982

PUBLISHER: ICA Bokforlag (Hardback)

CONTENT: 500 glaze recipes plus information and advice for potters

NOTE: Swedish edition of 'The Potter's Book of Glaze Recipes'

 

A HISTORY OF WORLD POTTERY

YEAR: 1981

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Hardback) Second Edition

CONTENT: Re-written content and additional images.

NOTE: ...an extremely attractive book for practising potters seeking inspiration in design. [Art & Antiques]

 

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HISTORIA DE LA CERAMICA

[A HISTORY OF WORLD POTTERY]

YEAR: 1987

PUBLISHER: Ceac (Hardback)

CONTENT: Re-written content and additional images.

NOTE: Spanish printing of the 1981 edition of 'A History of World Pottery'

 

ELECTRIC KILN POTTERY

YEAR: 1982

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Hardback)

CONTENT: All aspects of firing pots in an electric kiln. 

NOTE: Lucie Rie offered me glaze recipes…the first book to give such comprehensive information. [Making Emmanuel Cooper]

 

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COOPER'S BOOK OF GLAZE RECIPES

YEAR: 1987

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Hardback)

CONTENT: 1000 glazes for the studio potter.

NOTE: A sure-fire success story [Ham & High]

 

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RECETAS DE BARNICES PARA CERAMISTAS

[COOPER'S BOOK OF GLAZE RECIPES]

YEAR: 1988

PUBLISHER: Omega (Hardback)

CONTENT: 1000 glazes for the studio potter.

NOTE: Spanish language edition of 'Cooper's Book of Glaze Recipes'

 

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COOPER'S BOOK OF GLAZE RECIPES (Japan)

YEAR: 1993

PUBLISHER: Japan Publications (Hardback)

CONTENT: 1000 glazes for the studio potter.

NOTE: Japanese edition of 'Cooper's Book of Glaze Recipes'

 

 A HISTORY OF WORLD POTTERY

[REVISED AND UPDATED THIRD EDITION]

YEAR: 1988

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Softback)

CONTENT: Re-written content and additional images.

NOTE: Brilliantly assembled…work of reference, rich in information and sensitively collated by a craftsman potter. [Art & Craft]

 

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 A HISTORY OF WORLD POTTERY

[REVISED AND UPDATED THIRD EDITION - JAPAN]

YEAR: 1987

PUBLISHER: Japan publications Inc (Hardback)

CONTENT: Re-written content and additional images.

NOTE: Japanese publication of the third edition of 'A History of World Pottery'

 

THE COMPLETE POTTER: GLAZES

YEAR: 1992

PUBLISHER: Batsford (Hardback)

CONTENT: A guide to glazing for studio potters

NOTE: This book was part of a series devoted to pottery skills for which Cooper was the Series Editor.

 

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TEN THOUSAND YEARS OF POTTERY [FOURTH EDITION]

YEAR: 2000

PUBLISHER: British Museum Press (Hardback/Softback)

CONTENT: Revised, updated, redesigned and retitled.

NOTE: An epic tale…a book to buy and to treasure. [Crafts]

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LUCIE RIE

YEAR: 2002

PUBLISHER: Ceramic Review (Softback)

CONTENT: Nine essays on different aspects of Rie’s life and work edited by Emmanuel Cooper. Includes an essay by Cooper on Lucie Rie’s notebooks.

NOTE: Also includes essays by Edmund de Waal, David Attenborough and Alison Britton.

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LUCIE RIE (Japan)

YEAR: 2005

PUBLISHER: Blues Interaction (Hardback)

CONTENT: Nine essays on different aspects of Rie’s life and work edited by Emmanuel Cooper. Includes an essay by Cooper on Lucie Rie’s notebooks.

NOTE: Japanese edition

BERNARD LEACH: LIFE & WORK

YEAR: 2003

PUBLISHER: Yale University Press (Hardback)

CONTENT: The only full-scale biography

NOTE: The definitive record of a 20th century phenomenon. [Crafts]

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BERNARD LEACH: LIFE & WORK (Japan)

YEAR: 2011

PUBLISHER: Hus-10, Inc. (Hardback)

CONTENT: The only full-scale biography

NOTE: Japanese Edition

BERNARD LEACH: LIFE & WORK

YEAR: 2020

PUBLISHER: PMC/Yale University Press (Softback)

CONTENT: The only full-scale biography

NOTE: Published to mark the centenary of the Leach Pottery.

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DAVID LEACH

YEAR: 2003

PUBLISHER: Richard Dennis (Hardback/Softback)

CONTENT: Biography by Emmanuel Cooper and retrospective exhibition catalogue by Kathy Niblett.

NOTE: Fascinating history of this potter and his work. [online review]

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WALTER KEELER

YEAR: 2004

PUBLISHER: Ruthin Craft Centre (Hardback/Softback)

CONTENT: Major retrospective with essays by Emmanuel Cooper and Amanda Fielding

NOTE: Beautiful book [online review]

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MAGDALENE ODUNDO

YEAR: 2004

PUBLISHER: Lund Humphries (Hardback)

CONTENT: Overview of artists work to date with essays by Emmanuel Cooper and Simon Olding

NOTE: The work itself is stunning, and so is this beautiful book [Antiques Magazine]

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THE POTTER'S BOOK OF GLAZE RECIPES (Fully Revised Edition)

YEAR: 2004

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury (Spiralbound)

CONTENT: 450 glaze recipes

NOTE: Must be the definitive recipe book for glazes… a fully revised version of the original classic. [Craftsman Magazine].  

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JANET LEACH: A POTTER'S LIFE

YEAR: 2006

PUBLISHER: Ceramic Review (Softback)

CONTENT: Illustrated biography

NOTE: I was curious to have a go and fathom her out… [Emmanuel Cooper interview].

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CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS

YEAR: 2009

PUBLISHER: Thames & Hudson (Hardback)

CONTENT: Global survey of the most distinctive, creative and innovative ceramics.

NOTE: ‘…an engrossing compendium – with text by a master.’ [Daily Telegraph]

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MICHAEL CASSON

YEAR: 2010

PUBLISHER: Ruthin Craft Centre (Softback)

CONTENT: Retrospective with essays by Emmanuel Cooper and Amanda Fielding

NOTE: Mick was a hugely influential and a powerful force in ceramics. [Emmanuel Cooper]

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100,000 YEARS OF POTTERY [FIFTH EDITION]

YEAR: 2010

PUBLISHER: Penn, USA (Softback)

CONTENT: Some new material and images including the only account by Emmanuel Cooper of the development of his own hand built pots.

NOTE: Lavishly illustrated and extremely comprehensive.  [Antiques Magazine].

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LUCIE RIE: MODERNIST POTTER

YEAR: 2012

PUBLISHER: Yale University Press (Hardback)

CONTENT: The only full scale illustrated biography.

NOTE:  Unlikely ever to be surpassed [Literary Review]

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LUCIE RIE (Japan)

YEAR: 2014

PUBLISHER: Rikuyosha (Hardback)

CONTENT: The only full scale illustrated biography.

NOTE:  Japanese edition