- Not since Howard Pain’s The Heritage of Upper Canadian Furniture or Philip Shackleton’s The Furniture of Old Ontario has a Canadian author successfully attempted a book on the scale of The Potter’s Reach. Moe Johnson’s new book, which comprehensively documents the history of the manufacture of pottery in Ontario, is a welcome addition to the reference libraries of all collectors and is certain to grace bookshelves in North America for many years to come.”
— Shaun Markey, Author & Collector
- After more than fifteen years of research and hundreds of miles of travel, Moe Johnson has succeeded in writing what will no doubt become the definitive work on Ontario pottery and in illustrating its history with a wealth of absolutely breathtaking photographs. The scope of The Potter’s Reach is thorough, if not encyclopedic, as he meticulously covers the backgrounds and careers of potters from the beginning of the 19th century until the death knell of the craft in the first two decades of the 20th century. Serious collectors of Ontario pottery will have to add this significant volume to their shelves.”
— William Reeve, Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University
- Moe Johnson’s The Potter’s Reach masterfully examines the history and nature of 19th century earthennware and stoneware. His readable account embraces Ontario’s early business, labour, urban and women’s history — for example, in his discussion of the key role of women in the home dairy industry, a key part of the pottery market.”
— Dr. Sandra Campbell, Pauline Jewett Institute (retired), Carleton University
- Moe Johnson convincingly takes The Potter’s Reach well beyond the undeniable beauty of 19th-century Ontario pottery, instructively placing the physical objects within their social and historical context. Featuring utilitarian pottery of the time, he illustrates for the reader the relevance and importance of the home dairy, the development of a Canadian currency by 1858, European and American immigration and the temperance movement in Canada. As for the 1,300 photographs, they’re truly remarkable!”
— Ethan Miller, Executive Officer, Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.
- It’s safe to say that Moe Johnson’s The Potter’s Reach is a tour de force, unmatched in terms of the rich context it brings to this highly collectible genre. The thorough cataloguing and beautiful colour photography of 19th-century Ontario pottery are unlikely to be superseded by any other book covering this category of provincial material heritage. It will serve as an indispensable reference source for years to come.”
— Don Hewson, Collector
A Definitive Resource!
Across 55 chapters and 712 pages, the book documents the rich visual history of Ontario-made utilitarian earthenware and stoneware pottery.
In the Media
When Moe Johnson set out to write a book about the history of pottery in Ontario, he figured it would take about five years from start to finish. Now, 15 years later, he finally has a copy of The Potter’s Reach in 19th-Century Ontario in his hands.
Global News Morning Kingston chats to author Moe Johnson about his new book, The Potter’s Reach, about regional history revealed through earthen and stoneware.
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