The telephone rang at 7.45 this morning. This means no good news, and is a bit like the village bells ringing before 7am. It was my mother and she had just read in the local newspaper that Michael Back has died. That’s very unexpected. He was part of our Eco Nomadic School in Höfen two weeks ago, and guided Wapke and Caroline around the Museum in Bad Windsheim where he ran the kiln and ceramics workshop.
This is very sad news and even though I only knew him through a few events and trips, his knowledge on clay and its local histories, and his empathy towards vernacular peasant buildings will be strongly missed in future workshops and meetings. It was an honor and pleasure to be able to meet him and share some of his knowledge.