Friday, 27 May 2011

The Pot Book



Snow ball fight, from the Nabeshima kiln, c. 1700-1800, Japan. (Not in The Pot Book)

A new post at last! I haven't forgotten you, but I now know I cannot write anything long and serious and write a blog and write all over facebook all at the same time. Many were the times when I thought 'oo, I'd love to blog about this,' but time tapped me on the shoulder and said, 'No you don't. Don't even think about it. Onwards. The next text awaits your attention.' It was relentless and, at times, remorseless.

So, for those that don't already know, The Pot Book by Edmund de Waal is now co-written by me. Long story. I'm sure if you go to E d W's website and find The Hare with Amber Eyes, it will be able to tell you what happened far better than I can. I know only that I got an email from Phaidon, the publisher, asking me to finish the book. 'Have you selected all the pictures?' I enquire, 'Weeellll not quite.'

So I agreed to finish off the picture selection - sort of. Almost all of the images were selected by Edmund. The few I gathered in came from Emmanuel Cooper's recent Contemporary Ceramics book and, happily, have now been approved by EW. Actually there are two that are my own selection but both approved.

As to the writing. Well, let's just say I have written a great many short texts about a great many magnificent pots. I am also VASTLY better educated in the matter of pottery history than I was three months ago. I have started to look at pots quite differently and museums too.

I am writing this at my mother's house so I have no pictures to upload now but I'll add some later.(Now added the one above.) If you have a facebook account you can find an album of my favourite pots. These are not in the book, they are pots I stumbled across on the way and loved. They are historic pots only, no contemporaries. There's much more i could say about this but I'll save it for another time. Do go to facebook and have a look.