Jane Gibson, an established potter, was determined to document the lives, skills and work of the traditional potters of South Asia before their disappearance. She argues that their largely utilitarian products, now being displaced by plastic, metal, and concrete, have an unappreciated simplicity and beauty.
Describing the different styles and techniques of rural and urban potters, Jane delves into her encounters with these potters, visiting many places in India and Pakistan rarely seen by Western visitors after strenuous searching. Travelling with her doctor husband there are many incidental adventures; some hazardous, some amusing.
Providing an informed retelling of the local surroundings, history and future of the art, Jane contrasts her observations with the more recent development of South Asian studio ceramics, emphasising the plight of traditional potters.