Stoking the single firebox of a massive, traditional kiln at La Borne, in southeastern France. One of the last remaining folk potters assists contemporary ceramists Michel Pastore, Evelyne Porret and Janet Stedman in clearing the ash pit as fast-burning fagots (bundles of sticks or twigs) are quickly reduced to embers.
Thrown porcelain bowl with celadon glaze, 6 inches in diameter, fluted with a broken hacksaw blade, by David Leach.
Earthenware tea bowl, approximately 4 inches in height, glazed on the interior, with partial exterior glaze over a stained body with brushwork and incising, by Nancy Selvin.
Glazed stoneware vase, 15 inches in height, sgraffito, attributed to early 20th-century China, and from the collection of English potter Bernard Leach.
Detailed terra-cotta tomb figure (originally painted in bright polychrome), an infantry officer, distinguished by its 6 foot, 5 inch height, one of nearly 8000 life-size clay soldiers and horses buried in subterranean vaults near the tomb of the First Emperor of Qin, 221-206 B.C.
Earthenware forms by folk potter Eleptharios Theodorachis of Thrapsanos, Crete. Working within traditions that date to 2000 B.C., producing massive forms on a series of hand-turned potter’s wheels.
Ceramist Bruce Howdle caulks the seams between sections of his clay “Cattle Mural,” for Iowa Beef Processors, Dakota City, Nebraska. The work was completed in one piece, then cut for drying and firing.
“Townhouse,” 8 inches in height, ceramic portrait of a residence on 93rd Street in Manhattan, by Michael Parkinson.
Sculptor Margie Hughto handbuilds a series of ceramic fans at her studio in Syracuse, New York.
The thrown stoneware vase, with cut facets, is 9 inches in height, wood/oil-fired high lime celadon glaze. Other works by this potter are presented beginning on page 46.