The covered jars pictured are by Mary Sease. The 32 stoneware pieces shown by Mrs. Sease are simple, direct and well executed. Her designs are mostly geometric, exhibiting an excellent balance between surface decoration and form. The jars pictured are part of a set of three of identical design but of graduated sizes. The decoration is sgraffito in a brownish-blue against the beige color of the pots.
The majolica plate pictured on our cover was made in Deruta, Italy about 1525 and is a fine example of Renaissance ceramic art. The plate is painted in luster with touches of blue on the white tin glaze. In the center a griffon stands on a tiled floor holding a quartered shield. Behind him are flowering plants and the scene itself is encircled by a wreath. The piece is part of the collection of the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design.
A selection of some of the basic clay-working tools used by every potter is the subject of the photogram on this month’s cover.
Authentic Delft tiles decorated with animals and tulips are part of the fireplace in the Albany Institute’s reproduction of a late seventeenth century Dutch Albany citizen’s home.
The pottery head on this month’s cover is Mexican, of the classic Vera Cruz style, and was made sometime before the twelfth century. The expressive face is flanked by circular ear plugs and framed by stylized hair and by a strap which holds an elaborate headdress with animal motifs. This sculpture is an important piece in the new Pre-Columbian Gallery E of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
A page from the sketchbook of California potter Kenneth Dierck is reproduced on this month’s cover. Mr. Dierck is the subject of Hal riegger’s “Pots and People” series in this issue.
“Dancers” is one of the ceramic pieces by Picasso included in an Exhibition being circulated to art centers in this country by The American Federation of Arts.
Two Japanese potters at work on their wheels are part of the scene vividly described by Tom Marsh in his feature article.
Features from this month’s special “Back-to-Work” issue are depicted on the cover. The Knight on the left is part of a wheel-thrown sculpture by Elizabeth Heil; center is a detail from a Stoneware Bottle by Charles Lakofsky; and the panel on the right are students from a ceramic class at the Montclair Museum Art School.