Covered Jar by Tom Shafer was one of the top award winners in “Exhibition ’68,” the Fourth Biennial Beaux Arts Designer/Craftsmen Show held at the Columbus (OH) Gallery of Fine Arts. Mr. Shafer’s piece, 19 inches high and 16 inches wide, is stained and unglazed. Olaf Skoogfors, Assistant Professor of Dimensional Design at the Philadelphia College of Art, selected the show and the prize winners. According to Mahonri Young, Gallery Director, “This show is one of the most important as well as the richest in the nation, and it expresses the highest quality represented in the tradition of Ohio crafts.”
The detail of the head of a warrior on our cover is from a haniwa sculpture excavated in Gumma Prefecture, not far from Tokyo. The prehistoric Japanese haniwa figures are the subject of a special Portfolio feature by Millard B. Rogers which starts on page 19 of this issue. The warrior, which is pictured in the Portfolio, is an excellently preserved haniwa showing much of the original paint on the face and armor. it is in the Eugene fuller memorial Collection of the Seattle Art Museum.
Terra Cotta Tiger by Isamu Noguchi measures 10[one_half last="no"]…[/one_half] x 15 inches. Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904, attended school at LaPorte, Indiana, then took premedical work at Columbia University before turning to sculpture. The artist has worked in various parts of the world and has made sculpture for most of the countries which he visited. He learned the craft and the traditions of ceramics while on a visit to relatives in Japan in 1934. The ceramic Tiger pictured on our cover is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Art.
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.