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Webb at the potter's wheel


Justin holding his pot

The writer and artisan Edmund de Waal is internationally renowned for his ceramics and as the best-selling author of The Hare With Amber Eyes.

In his latest work, The Pot Book, he charts the history of pottery and ceramic ware from the third millennium BC to the present day.

But De Waal is also still very much an active potter. Today presenter Justin Webb went to his South London studio to try his hand at pottery under Edmund's expert tuition.

This is an extended version of the broadcast item.

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