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The Pot Book Hardcover – October 10, 2011

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"Beautifully illustrated."- The Times Christmas Book Selection

"A wonderful new book?by the presiding genius of modern studio ceramics, Edmund de Waal?a treasure house containing over 300 beautiful full-page plates."- Royal Academy Magazine

"This book is like an installation where the arrangement of illustrations makes the reader look with surprised attentiveness."- Victoria and Albert Magazine

"This is a distinctly personal, even quirky selection -- which is part of its appeal."- Bloomberg News

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. In June 2010, his memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes won the Costa Biography Award and New Writer of the Year at the Galaxy Book Awards.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714847992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714847993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Erik Ketzan on November 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Slight exaggeration, but that's kind of what reading The Pot Book feels like.

Obviously, I've seen ceramics before, but have never known much about ceramics or given them much thought at all. Like most people, I've hurried through the ceramics wings of even the world's best museums, focused on finding the painting and sculpture rooms on the museum map as I obliviously rushed past undoubtedly priceless collections of pots, vases, and tableware. I'm not proud of my ignorance, but hope that admitting it may help fellow ignoramuses appreciate how incredible this book is, to make even ME now love ceramics.

The Pot Book is a thorough introduction to the art form, but it can be browsed just as well-- each page is a little story unto itself. There's large photos of 300 different ceramic pieces, from antiquity through the 21st century, with a couple paragraphs describing each.

Many of the 300 ceramic pieces featured here are masterpieces. Almost all are fascinating. Some are minor revelations. Edmund de Waal's short paragraphs teem with information about each piece's history, importance, and details of the craft (different clays, porcelains, glazes, firing methods, etc.). In lesser hands this stuff could get boring indeed, but de Waal's brilliant writing makes each ceramic piece a discovery. Taken as a whole, the book's 300 entries weave a persuasive argument for the importance of ceramics in the history of art, implicitly making the case that the medium is deeper, better and more interesting than even art lovers tend to think.

What led me to this book was Edmund de Waal's bestselling family and art history memoir,
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By A.lT on December 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully produced with each full page illustrating one example of a
ceramic pot.
They date from early Roman to modern times from a wide range of countries.
Each potter is named with date of birth,title of the piece and a summary of the
process and relevant history of the time of production.
The photographs are stunning and I shall treasure it.
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I chose this book as I really like picture books for starters, but I like the way it was photographed and narrated and covered many styles and era's. Lots of really interesting facts but not too lengthy in its description. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested not only in ceramics, pottery or history, as it's just a lovely record of how gifted some people are.
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This book is arranged alphabetically and as you page through it you see a huge variety of wonderful pottery. I teach ceramics and it is a fabulous teaching tool. I disassembled the book so we can look at pages individually for discussion and also for display. I think the publisher should to a boxed edition of images just for this purpose.
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Amazing service for delivery. Quality gift for collector....So glad you carry unique books. My brother loved it. Illustrations priceless One of a kind gift
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De Waal has selected the most beautiful and meaningful Ceramic pieces. Wonderful photos and beautifully written. For those who interested in studying Ceramic Art deeply.
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This is a very beautiful book that will open your eyes to ceramics, both contemporary and historic.
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