Clay (Paperback)

The History and Evolution of Humankind’s Relationship with Earth’s Most Primal Element

By Suzanne Staubach

University Press of New England, 9781611685039, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (12/5/2006)

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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.

About the Author

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