Today I posted the following on my website, www.commeraw.com, but I just wanted to share this with everyone here, as well:
I could not be happier to see Thomas Commeraw’s name, and true identity, in a New York newspaper for the first time in almost two hundred years. He and the Commeraw Project were both part of today’s issue of The New York Times, in Eve Kahn’s article on Americana Week. Click here to read it.
When I announced this project almost ten months ago, I could not have hoped for a better response. Many of you have been kind enough to share photographs of Commeraw’s work, and have even welcomed me into your homes to see and photograph your pottery. Without this generosity, I would not have the understanding of Commeraw’s career that I do now.
I am dedicated to finishing the book as soon as possible, and have a tentative completion date of Spring 2011 for my first draft. It covers a broad and (I hope) fascinating range from Commeraw himself to his fellow Manhattan potters to the black community at large to New York itself and, finally, to Commeraw’s amazing fate.
The vast majority of my time over the last several years, in working on this project, has been spent in research–in both primary documentary sources and modern scholarship. If I do the material justice, and I truly hope (and believe) that I am, this book will be a major contribution not only to the field of American ceramics but, I believe, American history in general. This has been a labor of love for me and I hope, before all is said and done, to see Thomas Commeraw restored as an important American historical figure.
Thank you for visiting and please feel free to drop me a line. I am still seeking photos of any examples of Thomas Commeraw’s stoneware, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to participate.
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