HBL Book of the Week: The Pot Book

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

While ceramicist Edmund de Waal had a surprise global bestseller with his compelling family memoir The Hare With Amber Eyes, his latest book sees him firmly back on craft enthusiast ground - with a fascinating look into the history of ceramics.

The Pot Book (Phaidon, 2011) considers the role of clay in over 30,000 years of human history, from roughly sculpted bowls made in the third millennium BC to Grayson Perry's subversive pottery today.

Brought to life by De Waal's infectious enthusiasm for his subject, The Pot Book provides a chronological and cross-referenced account for the eager ceramicist, and a great dip-in resource for the coffee table reader.