Clay: The History and Evolution of Humankind's Relationship with Earth's Most Primal Element

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UPNE, Sep 3, 2013 - History - 304 pages
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More than a third of the houses in the world are made of clay. Clay vessels were instrumental in the invention of cooking, wine and beer making, and international trade. Our toilets are made of clay. The first spark plugs were thrown on the potter’s wheel. Clay has played a vital role in the health and beauty fields. Indeed, this humble material was key to many advances in civilization, including the development of agriculture and the invention of baking, architecture, religion, and even the space program. 


In Clay, Suzanne Staubach takes a lively look at the startling history of the mud beneath our feet. Told with verve and erudition, this story will ensure you won’t see the world around you in quite the same way after reading the book.

  

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Clay: the history and evolution of humankind's relationship with Earth's most primal element

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Staubach, a writer and potter, provides readers with a joyful introduction to an art she clearly loves. We learn about clay as used for dishes, plumbing, stoves, writing tablets, chicken feeders ... Read full review

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Focuses mainly on use of clay to make pottery, less so on building, writing, industry. Needs more illustrations, and also an index. Facts seemed garbled in a couple places Read full review

Contents

1 COOKING POTS AND STORAGE JARS Porridge Ale and International Commerce
1
2 HEARTH AND HOME Ovens Heat and the Invention of Baking
19
3 THE FIRST MACHINE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDUSTRY
44
4 SET THE TABLE From a Simple Bowl to a 2200Piece Dinner Set
64
5 A WORD OR TWO The Invention of Writing and Books
97
6 THE MOST POPULAR BUILDING MATERIAL Cities Walls and Floors of Mud
112
7 SANITATION A Nice Hot Bath a Drink of Water and Dont Forget to Flush
140
8 FARMING MADE EASY Irrigation Propagation and Incubation
160
11 ART TOYS GODS GODDESSES AND FERTILITY
203
12 A FITTING DEATH Urns Gravestones Companions and Thieves
225
CONCLUSION
245
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PINCH POT
248
MUSEUMS
251
NOTES
255
BIBLIOGRAPHY
260
CREDITS
271

9 ELECTRICITY TRANSPORTATION AND ROCKET SCIENCE
180
10 TO YOUR HEALTH
192

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About the author (2013)

SUZANNE STAUBACH is a writer, potter, and bookseller, and the author of Guy Wolff: Master Potter in the Garden.

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