Art: Potter Poor

For most people pottery is too familiar an accessory to life to have much importance. Tiles, plates, saucers, cups, flower pots, vases are so necessary they are commonplace, manufactured and bought by the million. Normal purchasers exercise a natural regard for what is pleasing in pottery, but to select pottery as the distinctive work of a gifted individual would seem precious to most people.

Yet every great civilization has brought its pottery to an artistic level commensurate with its painting, sculpture, architecture. The Grecian urn, hymned by Poet Keats has become symbolic of rare...

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