Charles Counts is pictured at work on the potter’s wheel in his studio on Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The Southern Highland potter and his wife, Rubynelle are the subjects for a Jean R. Lange feature article.
The Polychrome Jar Decorated With Birds is one of the approximately 300 objects on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the continuing exhibition of Pre-Columbian pottery, “Ancient Peruvian Ceramics: The Nathan Cummings Collection.” The pieces trace the remarkable development of ceramic styles and techniques, from dark, heavy bowls and bottles with simple elegant shapes, to a variety of forms showing complete mastery of the craft.
F. Carlton Ball’s three-year-old son, Carlton Arthur, tackles the serious business of adding legs to his clay alligator.
Kenneth Dierck’s relief, “Innocent City,” won the Ferro Corporation Prize and the Helen S. Everson Memorial Purchase Prize in the current 23rd Ceramic National Exhibition at the Everson Museum in Syracuse. Mr. Dierck’s black stoneware panel is 37 1/2 inches high and 54 inches wide. The glaze is light gray with brown and tan accents.
Beads made from self-glazing clay are pictured drying on lengths of 14-gauge nichrome wire. This extra heavy wire is recommended because it also can be used as the firing rods, thus saving handling and loading time.
Painted Pottery Head from Mexico, made sometime between 200 and 900 A.D., was unearthed in the excavations at Remojadas, Veracruz. It is slightly over 7.5 inches high.
Wind Chimes by Juanita May were part of an exhibition of her work at the Art Institute of Chicago during the summer.
This month’s cover pictures one of the most famous living potters, Maria Martinez, an Indian Potter of San Ildefonso.
This month’s cover photograph shows a view from above of a vase with relief decoration by French potter Francine Del Pierre. This internationally known ceramic artist works entirely by the coil method in producing the simple, elegant shapes for which she is famous.