Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy

Izzy Pludwinski shares some of the feedback he has received for Mastering Hebrew Calligraphy :

Your wonderful new publication has arrived and I cannot thank you enough!
What a beautiful book!!! I suppose I expected no less as I know how involved you were with the design – but it is really spectacular! The text is highly instructive and the images are sumptuous – I hope that this book achieves the success it deserves and I am sure it will be the standard text for all future classes in Hebrew calligraphy.

With best wishes,
Sharon Liberman Mintz Curator of Jewish Art The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary New York, NY 10027

Today’s mail arrived this afternoon, bringing with it your book…and I haven’t done a bit of work since I opened that package. I started at your introduction to this totally awesome work and don’t want to stop. I’m amazed at how thorough you have been, nothing important missing and so many “helps” included. It’s almost like having you right there to answer any questions that come up. Rudi and I wish you many re-printings for this wonderful book.

So…congratulations , BRAVO BRAVISSIMO,
Barbara Wolff, artist, New York

…WOW, what a book. Certainly deserving of more attention than I have been able to give it these last few days, but I am utterly in awe. The attention to detail, the amount of material gathered together, the concise explanation and instruction all so well presented between two covers must surely make this a valuable reference manual from here and on into the future!

Congratulations, Izzy.
Hilary Adams, artist and calligrapher, South Africa

I finally had a chance to look over your book this Shabbat. It is brilliant.
You have approached so many elements of calligraphy, it is amazing. The respect and grace with which you approach each subject and each artist is humbling. I can understand how it took you nine years (I think that is what you said) to do this book. It will be used as a reference and learning guide for many, many years.
It must have taken so much energy, thought and time that it is going to take a while to replenish your creative energies.

Kol haKavod and thank you for enriching all the lovers of the Hebrew letter!
Laya Crust, artist, Canada

I wanted to send you a note to commend you on the EXCELLENT job you did with your book. If it is possible to add a humanistic aspect to a book…to make one feel like they are being instructed personally by the author in this presence…you have achieved it. I can hardly wait to get started working with it as I teach myself this beautiful hand.
Thanks so much for this wonderfully written book of excellent instruction…the world needed just such a work from such a talent.

Angela Welch, artist and calligrapher, U.S.A.

I think it is magnificent. I haven’t had time to look at it in detail, but I can already tell that it is chock-full of good things and the reproduction of the colour pieces is excellent. You must be very proud!
We are in the middle of moving house to Wales but as soon as I have time I will write a review for The Edge, and once my back is totally healed I shall really look forward to picking up a pen again and improving my Hebrew calligraphy.

Mazel tov on a wonderful finished article!
Gilly Middleburgh, calligrapher, U.K.