Boy in a China Shop: Life, Clay and Everything (Hardback)
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Boy in a China Shop: Life, Clay and Everything (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 03/02/2022
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From the art teacher who changed his life to the nearly-famous band he fronted, potter, ceramics designer and the Great Pottery Throw Down judge Keith Brymer Jones pays tribute to the people, happy coincidences and memorable moments that have made his life what it is.

Ballet dancer. Front man in an almost famous band. Judge on The Great Pottery Throwdown. How did all that happen?

By accident mostly. But I always say we make our own luck. What if an art teacher hadn't given me a lump of clay? What if the band had been really successful? What if I hadn't taken a photograph of a bowl to the buyer at Heals in London? What if she'd hated it? Or hadn't seen it... What if I hadn't agreed to dress up as Adele to make a crazy YouTube video?

Every chapter of my book is based around an object (usually a pot) that's been significant in my life. It's just at trigger to let me go off in a lot of different directions and tell a few stories. A lot of stories. Dyslexia. The art teacher who changed my life. My Mother. My Father. A life-changing job interview with a man who lay under his car throughout. That video.

Sifting through half-forgotten memories, trying to pick out the golden nuggets from the stuff that is definitely dross has been a curious, and at times hilarious, sometimes sad, but definitely enlightening process. So here it is - my pottery life with some very loud music and some pretty good dancing. And a lot of throwing, fettling and firing. Oh... and a good dose of anxiety.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529385229
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 28 mm


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'During downtime on the pottery throwdown Keith made my hair curl with some of his tales - he's a great raconteur and recounts his story in this book as he does in real life - with joy, charm & mischief.' - Sara Cox

Keith Brymer-Jones - Dorchester Literary Festival

Keith Brymer-Jones - Dorchester Literary Festival

Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR
Friday 21st October 10:30

Ballet dancer. Front man in an almost famous band. Judge on The Great Pottery Throwdown. How did all that happen? Boy in a China Shop is a story about how our lived experiences shape the people we become, how we all have a story, and ultimately, it is as satisfying as one of Keith's world famous pots.

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“A lovely read.”

This is a story of a life in pots. It’s warm, funny, sad, honest, informative and turns out consistently entertaining anecdotes as a production potter turns out pots. In other words, KBJ settles down, paces himself... More

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Katy Wheatley

“A Generous Overview of a Life Fully Lived”

A fascinating account of a life lived fully by the master of clay, Keith Brymer Jones.

It's a wonder to me that Brymer Jones ever sits down, except at the potter's wheel. He has lived in one lifetime, what... More

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