The head on this month’s cover is a detail from the terra cotta sculpture, “Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” by French artist Jean Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875). Height of the complete piece, which is pictured on page 13, is 16[one_fourth last="no"]…[/one_fourth] inches. It is a recent addition to the collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Norman, O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund. Some of the other ceramic pieces acquired by the Museum during 1967 are pictured in Constance Gill’s article, “Collecting Ceramics for the Museum.”
The wheel-thrown covered jar by Ray Ahlgren was an award winner in the 47th Annual Exhibition of the Wisconsin Designer-Craftsmen held at the Milwaukee Art Center. The jar is stoneware, 15 inches high, and has a high Cornwall stone iron-orange glaze. Mr. Ahlgren has studied with Don Reitz, Harvey Littleton, and Norm Schulman.
Pictured on this month’s cover is a tradition black-ware food bowl made by a potter of the Igala tribe in Nigeria. The work of various tribes of potters is the subject of Jonathon Slye’s feature article, “The Traditional Pottery of Nigeria,” starting on page 12. CM readers may remember Mr. Slye’s article on Abuja Stoneware in the October 1966 issue.
Tall Pot with decalcomania decoration of Brigitte Bardot is by Robert Engle. Background of picture is white; the print is brown; and the rim of the pot is olive. The Ohio artist makes his own decals on a non-commercial basis and uses them to make his own brand of “pop” pottery.
The stoneware candleholders on this month’s cover were made by Byron Temple and are examples of his repetition work on the potter’s wheel. The Lambertville, NJ studio potter is the subject of the special CM Portfolio by John F. Wandres.
Dominick Labino’s nine-inch-high blow glass “Ariel Vase” is a smoky cobalt color that changes to copper-ruby at the top. Mr. Labino is the subject of Roger Bonham’s feature article. Cover photo is by Robert Packo.
Prancing Horse with Elaborate Trappings is Chinese, from the T’ang Dynasty (618-906). T’ang potters marked their work with a strong sense of movement and grace; this was especially apparent in the horses and camels, the most famous of their figures. The prancing horse pictured on our cover was made from brown earthenware covered with white slip; there are traces of painting on the trappings in red. Height: 17 inches; length; 17 inches. Seattle Art Museum, Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection.
“Large Bowl with Handles” was one of 130 pieces displayed by Nan and Jim McKinnell in a showing at the Dubuque Art Association Gallery in April. The piece, which is 22 inches in diameter, has a white matt glaze and brown and black brush decoration. The complete piece is pictured on page 23, along with other pottery by the McKinnells.
Raku pot by Charles M. Brown, Mandarin, FL, was made by joining together two pinch pot forms, adding a slab for the lip, and rolling on texture from small pieces of driftwood. About his work in raku, Mr. Brown comments: “I have worked with raku almost exclusively for the past year and a half, and have found it so completely absorbing that there has been no time or urge to do anything else. . . The technique of raku is spontaneous, exciting, unpredictable, with many happy accidents occurring in the firing, and I feel that I have just started my work in this field.”
South Carolina potter Don Lewis uses native clays for throwing on the wheel, slab and coil building, and sculpting. He and his wife Bennie Lee live in a cottage they built themselves near Campobello; their pioneer-like life provides them with time and leisure to pursue their interest. Lewis is a member of the “12 Designer Craftsmen,” the subject of Roger D. Bonham’s feature story.