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The Pot Book

The Pot Book (out of print)

Author: Edmund de Waal
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An A-Z history of ceramic art by one of the world's leading ceramic artists, Edmund de Waal.

The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Clay is one of the very first materials ‘invented’ by man. An essential part of our lives it has been moulded, thrown, glazed, decorated and fired for over 30,000 years in order to preserve and transport food and water. And it was on the surface of these early jugs, vases, dishes, plates, beakers and amphorae that man placed some of his first decorative markings. In more recent times clay has been used not just by artisans and potters, but also by artists, designers and architects.

The Pot Book is the first publication to document the extraordinary range and variety of ceramic vessels of all periods, from a delicate bowl made by an unnamed artisan in China in the third millennium bc, or a jug made in eighteenth-century Dresden, to a plate made by Picasso in 1952, a ‘spade form’ made by Hans Coper or the vases of Grayson Perry today. Each entry is sequenced in alphabetical order by the name of the artist/potter, the school, or style, creating a grand tour through the very finest examples of the art form.

"Sumptuous... A gorgeous tribute to the history of ceramics. If you think you don't care about pots, this book will change your mind."-The Times Saturday "A wonderful new book... By the presiding genius of modern studio ceramics, Edmund de Waal... Informative"-Royal Academy magazine "Handsomely illustrated... This book is like an installation where the arrangement of illustrations makes the reader look with surprised attentiveness."-V&A Magazine "This is a distinctly personal, even quirky selection - which is part of its appeal."-Bloomberg News "You'll find a striped Sottsass vase from the 1980s facing a Song fluted bowl... Why? The happy accident of the alphabet. From The Art Book onwards, Phaidon has been the jim-dandy of juxtaposition. Across history, one sees the clay being pulled in two directions - towards the pure minimal clarity of a Lucy Rie bowl [...] or towards ever more elaboration... Cross-references help one keep in touch with cousins."-World of Interiors
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General Fields

  • : 9780714870533
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : September 2015
  • : August 2015
  • : February 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 915
  • : 320
  • : Edmund de Waal
  • : Paperback