Arts: Bachelder

O. L. Bachelder, pottery craftsman of the old school, who was a poverty-stricken failure at 58, is now, ten years later, one of the most sought-after ceramic artists in America. He lives frugally in a simple shack in the North Carolina mountains, does his own work except for a clay-boy and a horse to turn his mixing-wheel. From the rich mineral clay of the region he shapes and bakes vases and bowls of exquisite pattern and myriad hues—rose, amber, mahogany, violet, sang de boeuf. Some of his types, known as "Omar Khayyam...

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