Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp by Ben Behunin

From amazon: In a town with a name like Niederbipp, you might expect the townsfolk to be a little quirky. And you'd be right. But for Jake Kimball, if the timing and circumstances were different, this would be a dream come true. As it is, he's afraid he agreed too hastily to spend the summer working his way through the mess Isaac Bingham, the old potter-God rest his soul-left behind.

As Jake begins his work in the old studio, he becomes aware of a unique collection of mugs hanging from an overhead beam. When friends of the old potter stop by to sip peppermint tea from these mugs and tell their stories, Jake begins to understand the remarkable man he has come to replace. With the help of his new friend, Amy, Jake pieces together the secrets of life Isaac lived by and shares with all who knew him.

Remembering Isaac celebrates the art of creation, the ancient wisdom of a humble craftsman, the euphoria of love, and the joys found through understanding and making the most of reality.


Remembering Isaac by Ben Behunin is a sweet and charming book. Jake Kimball answers a help wanted ad and becomes the new potter of the small town of Niederbipp. By forming new friendships and learning about the previous potter, Isaac, Jake forms new perceptions and grows in his art. I loved learning about the pottery process. This is a must read. It's full of little life lessons, and focuses on listening to your heart and following your dreams.

Rating: 4
Published: 3.2009

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