I will start talking to you about the first book I got a while ago.
The Penland Book of Jewelry is a remarkable book showing the work and techniques of Master Artisans. The editor of this great book is Marthe Le Van and is another wonderful publication by LARK.
Lets start by saying that Penland School of Crafts is a Nationally Renowned education center located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.This school has been an important destination for eager students and very gifted teachers for more than 75 years. I hope one day I can be able to visit this wonderful place.
The artists that are featured in this book are shown demonstrating the craft from which they are known.
I particularly love the work by Marylyn da Silva. Her specialty is nontraditional color on metal. Marylin da Silva devised and refined the application of gesso and colored pencils on metal. Her work is full of color and has so much soul in it. In her section of the book you will learn how she applied the gesso and how to prepared the metal for it. There is a hands on project and the images are magnificent. She also shares samples of different variations produced by different colors of gesso and textures in the gesso too. The gallery section in each of the masters in this book has amazing images of different artists.
The other masters in this book are: John Cogswell (Forging), Jaime Pelissier (Alloying), Rob Jackson (Fabrication with steel), Heather White van Stolk (Casting), Jan Baum (Die forming), Tom McCarthy (Alternative stone setting), Maria Phillips (Electroforming), Mary Ann Scherr (Etching) and Douglas Harling (Granulation.)
Believe me when I tell you that this is a MUST have book. Every master in their own craft has incredible information and wonderful images.
The second book is The Penland Book of Glass, master classes in flamework techniques.
The senior editor of this fantastic book is Ray Hemachandra and published by LARK. Even though I do not work with glass this is such a beautiful well done book that I will have it in my library and will look at it over and over.
The masters in the book have incredible talent and their hands on are fantastic.
I was amazed at how impressive their work is. Everyone with their own style and technique make this book to be a great book to keep. I am sure you will be inspired no matter what medium you work with.
The masters in this book are: Paul Joseph Stankard ( He makes amazing paperweights with floral themes; the image in the front cover of the book is one of his stunning pieces), Shane Fero (His birds are out of this world!), Kristina Logan (Her beads are gorgeous, bold and full of color), Vittorio Constantini ( He is a fantastic Venetian flameworker and his nature inspired work is beautiful and so real), Sally Prasch ( She explores the outer limits of glass in her work, you will be amazed when you see her work), Elizabeth Ryland Mears (Her work is beautiful and I love the way she plays with glass surface treatments), Janis Miltenberger ( She creates dramatic sculptures that will take your breath-away!), Ingalena Klenell (Wonderful large scale pieces),Susan Plum (Beautiful weavings and installations) and Emilio Santini (his goblets are spectacular.)
All this master artisans have hand on projects in the book which also includes beautiful galleries with works from other incredible glass artists.
I am sure you will not regret getting these books, they are very well made and will give you a lot of inspiration !