Daniel de Montmollin, Brother of Taize

A Secret Shared  translated from the French by Brother Anthony, of Taize

A Secret Shared is a collection of texts and poems. It was fist published in France in 1990 with the title Le Secret Partage. It went out of print and was republished in 1999 by La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre  in a revised and enlarged edition, under the title Le Jardin du Potier (the potter's garden). This was replaced in 2009 by a new edition, Pierres Habitees (inhabited stones) to coincide with the Paris exhibition with the same title. The cover of the current edition is shown above. The book is superbly illustrated, including a large number of full-page photos of pots with the extraordinary glazes Brother Daniel has produced as a result of his research.

Part One. Palissy's Secret

Part Two. All for an oil spot!

Part Three. The Gousseau glaze

Part Four. Creation: Victory over Chaos

Each of the four sections ends with a series of simple poems inspired by the seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

Other works by Brother Daniel translated by Brother Anthony

Daniel de Montmollin
. By Water and Fire
  [A series of fables and poetic meditations inspired by the author's life as a stoneware potter translated by Brother Anthony and published online here]

Daniel de Montmollin. Potter's Seconds  [brief poems for each of the four seasons, different from those from A Secret Shared) published as Secondes de potier  by Fata Morgana in 2011. Translated by Brother Anthony and published online here]

The Practice of Stoneware Glazes: minerals, rocks, ashes. By Daniel de Montmollin. Paris: La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre. 2005. A translation by Brother Anthony of his Pratique des émaux 1300°C - Minéraux, roches, cendres, a technical, practical guide for potters wishing to develop their glazes by informed experimentation, whether or not they use vegetable ashes.

It is possible to purchase the books by Brother Daniel directly from La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre (the "livres" link on their home page), as well as his splendid 2003 double video, Le Chaos fertile.

See some other pictures of some of Brother Daniel's earlier pots

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