Art: Classics in Clay

One notable weakness of most contemporary art has been the decline in artistic craftsmanship. Among the exceptions to the rule is a lanky Santa Fe potter named Warren Gilbertson, 42, who combines the artist's soaring imagination with the craftsman's practical knowledge of his tools. Last week he was demonstrating the fact anew with a series of glowing vases, cups and bowls which looked extraordinarily like China's classic Sung dynasty Chien-yao ware (better known by its Japanese name: Temmoku).

Dappled Gleam. Ceramists have long guessed that the purplish Temmoku glazes with distinctive "oil spots"...

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