The architectural pots pictured on this month’s cover are by Claude Conover. Mr. Conover starts these large pieces inside bowl-shaped bisque or plaster forms, then finishes them by a variety of hand building techniques. Roger Bonham’s article on Claude Conover in this issue discusses the Cleveland artist’s background and accomplishments.
Raku Jar and Cover, by John A. Foster, was an award winner in the 19th Exhibition for Michigan Artist-Craftsmen held at the Detroit Institute of arts in February and March. Mr. Foster’s jar, awarded the Mrs. Richard Webber Prize for “outstanding ceramic work showing excellence in design and execution for practical use,” is approximately 6 1/2 inches high; its coloration is described by the artist as prismatic and variegated, subject to changes in appearance due to lighting conditions.
Vases and covered jars by Donald Cyr are made by combining wheel-thrown and hand-built components. The superimposed photograph was made by the artist in order to emphasize the way in which this type of ware is enhanced by group placement.
“Horse and Rider,” stoneware sculpture by James T. Samson, was an award winner in the 45th Wisconsin Designer-Craftsmen Exhibition. The piece, which is 21 inches high and 20 inches long, is partially glazed in gray-blue. In addition to his work in ceramics, he also is a painter, printmaker and sculptor. “Horse and Rider” will become part of the Milwaukee Art Center’s Permanent Collection.
Unglazed terra cotta Ginger Jar was made by the well-known woodcarver, William H. Fry, in 1887 for the Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Youth carrying a skyphos, or cup, of wine is the decoration from an Attic kylix (another drinking cup shape) by the Brygos Painter, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, no. 21.88.150. “Athenian Vases” is the subject of the special CM Portfolio by Joseph V. Noble.
Robert Stull’s stoneware teapot was featured in an exhibition devoted to that form at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York. The teapot was thrown, then cut to form the square shape. Mr. Stull, who has been associated with Greenwich House Pottery, recently received a Fulbright Grant and is working in Japan this year.
Wheel-thrown bottles by Rose Cabat were among the award winners in the Arizona Crafts exhibition. Mrs. Cabat’s pottery includes a large porcelain bottle and six miniature bottles of porcelain and stoneware.
Pictured is F. Carlton Ball’s stoneware vase inspired by a sprouting onion. The piece, which as made in 1964, stands three feet high and is matt glazes in tones of cream, green and brown.