This month’s cover pictures a detail from one of a set of illustrations commissioned by the Emperor Ch’ien Lung to depict pottery-making in the Chinese town of Ching-te Chen. Fourteen of these fascinating illustrations are reproduced in a special Ceramics Monthly Portfolio.
The spirited pottery camel on the cover was made in China during the Wei Dynasty (386-577 A.D.) for use as a tomb figure.
The front cover photograph shows a tile done by a fourteen-year-old boy using two simple stamps on a soft clay slab.
The hands shown centering the clay on the potter’s wheel are those of Anne Appleton Clarke.
Prize-winning pieces from the 5th Biennial Canadian Ceramics Exhibition, which originated at the Montreal Museum of Art under the auspices of the Canadian Guild of Potters, include Bailey Leslie’s thrown porcelain bottle with copper glaze; Louise Doucet’s three stoneware souffle dishes; and Jack Herman’s thrown stoneware sculpture, “Lady.”
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.