Synopses & Reviews
In the tradition of the bestselling books Salt and Cod: get the dirt on the humble substance that helped create the modern world.
Clay has played a crucial role in the development of the culinary arts, international trade, the invention of writing, and the construction of towns and cities. After 30,000 years, clay continues to play a vital role in our everyday lives and the advancement of civilization. Its history is the history of the human race.
What started as a tool for cooking and a vessel for storage is now essential to the space program, bio-technology, publishing, agriculture, plumbing, sanitation, and more. Much of the Great Wall of China was made of fired clay bricks-a material that can stand for centuries. Now, Suzanne Staubach presents a look at a civilization built on the mud beneath our feet-from the first spark plugs to modern semi-conductors, satellite communications to surgical equipment-in a colorful look at how, from primordial ooze to modern miracles, clay continues to shape our world in ways limited only by the human imagination.
"An eclectic treatment that encompasses chamber pots and the art pottery movement of the early 1900s, Staubach's enthusiastic history will please people at the potter's wheel." Booklist
A vivid account of the role of clay in shaping the development of human history, culture, and technology ranges from the invention of pottery and the creation of clay tablets for the first written communication, to the construction of architectural monuments and sanitation infrastructure, to the latest in high-tech gizmos. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
This is a fascinating look at how, from the primordial ooze to modern miracles, this most humble of substances continues to shape the world in ways limited only by the human imagination.
About the Author
Suzanne Staubach has been published in Ceramics Monthly and written on pottery for Garden Way and Mother Earth News. She writes a regular column for the College Store Journal, and has also written for Fine Gardening, Old Farmer's Almanac, and Parents. She is a past president of the New England Booksellers Association.