- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press (24 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714847992
- ISBN-13: 978-0714847993
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 3.8 x 29.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Pot Book Hardcover – 24 Oct 2011
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'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'
'This is a distinctly personal, even quirky selection -- which is part of its appeal.'
About the Author
Edmund de Waal apprenticed as a potter in Canterbury, before studying in Japan and Cambridge. Today his porcelain is in thirty international museum collections: most recently he has created major installations for the V&A and Tate Britain. He is working on exhibitions for museums in the UK and America and on commissions for private clients. Edmund has also written widely on art and ceramics. In June 2010 his The Hare with Amber Eyes was published by Chatto and Windus, winning the Costa Biography Award and New Writer of the Year at the Galaxy Book Awards. Edmund has also written widely on art and ceramics and his titles include 20th Century Ceramics , Timeless Beauty: Traditional Japanese Art from the Jeffrey Montgomery Collection , Bernard Leach and New Ceramic Design .
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Top Customer Reviews
Each of the first 300 or so pages consists of one large colour photograph (roughly 18 x 20 centimetres), usually of a single pot. Below each picture is a brief description of the pot and the potter, with cross-references to others who have influenced or been influenced by him/her. There is a fuller account of the pot and/or the potter alongside.
The contents are arranged alphabetically, and include a taste of every potting age from the ancient to the modern. Many of the pages concentrate on one potter, while others deal with periods, styles or materials - so there is a page for Majolica (cross-referenced to Albarello, Delftware and Luca della Robbia) and perhaps more surprisingly, a page for Cornish Kitchen Ware (cross-referenced to Carter Stabler Adams, Leeds and Midwinter). Following the cross-references can take you on a potting journey - for example, from Cornish Kitchen Ware to Leeds, and from Leeds to Christopher Dresser and the Elers Brothers, while the Elers Brothers page points you to Kirsten Coelho and John Dwight.
Of course there are "only" just over 300 pages, so you might find that Edmund de Waal hasn't picked your favourite person/period/style. For instance, I'm pleased that Luca della Robbia has an entry, but mildly disappointed that the (English) Della Robbia Pottery is missing. And if I were being very pernickety, I'd say that the balance between ancient and modern is a tad too much in favour of the modern for my taste.Read more ›
Ann Bean, Helston, Cornwall
This is a pretty hefty book - definitely one for the book-shelf rather than the bus!
I brought this to give myself inspiration for my own ceramics and keep finding myself going back to it. A useful source book, as well as a delightful object to own and share.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. After seeing and reading so much about Edmund de Waal I was interested in his choice of beautiful ceramics......and not disappointed!Published 22 months ago by Jan Cooper
except - no Edmund de Waal pots. He, however, has collected a wonderful selection of other potters' work across the ages and continents. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Mrs. B. M. Greene
I have to admit that this didn't turn out to br quite book I was expecting, but I am glad to have acquired it, both for future reference and perusal, and to enlarge my knowledge of... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2013 by Mrs. F. Green
This is a high quality book that was a great Christmas present. It was very well packed and arrived promplty.Published on 30 Jan. 2013 by Judith