Art: Fruits of the Wheel

Ceramics, one of mankind's first arts, is having a renaissance after a century-long decline. Begun when a handful of ceramists retreated to their studios in self-conscious revolt against the standardization of machine-tooled objects, the renaissance is now in full swing from Manhattan's Greenwich Village to London's Chelsea, with thousands of potters pumping their wheels and smudging their smocks as they "throw" the wet spinning clay. One of the most indefatigable sponsors of the revival is Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts Director Anna Olmsted, who launched a series of national ceramic shows in 1932, this year invited entries from ten European countries,...

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