An event with

Jennifer Lucy Allan in conversation with James Attlee

Clay

Tuesday 30th July 2024 at 7:00pm

Daunt Books Summertown

Tickets £5.00

Description

Join us to hear Jennifer Lucy Allan discuss her fascinating book Clay with James Attlee. Tickets are £5 including a glass of wine or soft drink and can be brought online or in the shop.

This book is a love letter to clay, the material that is at the beginning, middle and end of all of our lives; that contains within it the eternal, the elemental, and the everyday. People have been taking handfuls of earth and forming them into their own image since human history began. Human forms are found everywhere there was a ceramic tradition, and there is a ceramic tradition everywhere there was human activity. The clay these figures are made from was formed in deep geological time.
It is the material that God, cast as the potter, uses to form Adam in Genesis. Tomb paintings in Egypt show the god Khum at a potter’s wheel, throwing a human. Humans first recorded our own history on clay tablets, the shape of the characters influenced by the clay itself. The first love poem was inscribed in a clay tablet, from a Sumerian bride to her king more than 4000 years ago.

Born out of a desire to know and understand the mysteries of this material, the spiritual and practical applications of clay in both its micro and macro histories, Clay: A Human History is a book of wonder and insight, a hybrid of archaeology, history and lived experience as an amateur potter.

Event Details

Tuesday 30th July 2024 Event starts at 7:00pm

Venue address:

Daunt Books Summertown
247-249 Banbury Road,
Summertown,
Oxford,
OX2 7HN

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