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Body of clay, soul of fire : Richard Bresnahan and the Saint John's pottery

Author: Matthew Welch; Richard Bresnahan
Publisher: Afton, MN : Afton Historical Society Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Richard Bresnahan is a preeminent American potter and an ambassador for the natural environment. Reared on a farm in North Dakota, he graduated from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and apprenticed as a potter in Japan. Returning to Saint John's, where he is an artist in residence, he built a massive wood-burning kiln, which, with its innovative flame flues and water channels, dwarfs all other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
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Welch, Matthew, 1958-
Body of clay, soul of fire.
Afton, MN : Afton Historical Society Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)606990042
Named Person: Richard Bresnahan; Richard Bresnahan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Welch; Richard Bresnahan
ISBN: 1890434450 9781890434458 1890434469 9781890434465
OCLC Number: 47074608
Awards: Commended for Minnesota Book Award (History/Biography) 2002
Description: 228 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Acknowledgments --
ch. 1. Taking shape --
ch. 2. A stranger in a strange land --
ch. 3. Body and soul --
ch. 4. An unlikely teacher --
ch. 5. The artful life --
appendix [A]. The Takigama kiln --
appendix [B]. The Johanna kiln --
appendix [C] Ten-day firing schedule --
appendix [D]. Signature and seals --
appendix [E]. Exhibition history and collections --
appendix [F]. Apprentices and visiting artists --
Selected bibliography.
Responsibility: Matthew Welch ; with foreword by Gerry Williams.

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"Richard Bresnahan is a preeminent American potter and an ambassador for the natural environment. Reared on a farm in North Dakota, he graduated from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and apprenticed as a potter in Japan. Returning to Saint John's, where he is an artist in residence, he built a massive wood-burning kiln, which, with its innovative flame flues and water channels, dwarfs all other North American kilns. By digging his own clay, using local seeds and hulls as glazing materials, and firing with deadfall, Bresnahan also practices a brand of environmentalism worthy of his Benedictine surroundings.

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