Fire and Clay: The Art of Oaxacan Pottery approaches pottery from a design perspective, touching on themes such as diversity in form, social contexts, functionality, techniques and the challenges presented by modern times, providing us with the tools to understand pottery and potters in all their complexity.
This book is an homage to the wisdom of potters and a journey into the depths of the ancient trade of pottery. Through beautiful imagery and delightful prose, the book explains the wisdom of artisanal design and pottery’s important economical, social and identity-based roles.
For explorers, there is a detailed guide to visit the 70 pottery villages presented in the book, with maps and directions.
Words and Photos by: BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE
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