“Wall Canyon,” 37 feet in height, unglazed stoneware, by Stephen DeStaebler, for the Embarcadero Station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, San Francisco. Handbuilt with metallic stains and oxides as an integral part of the clay body, the monumental work was fired and installed in sections.
Stoking the single firebox of a massive, traditional kiln at La Borne, in southeastern France. One of the last remaining folk potters assists contemporary ceramists Michel Pastore, Evelyne Porret and Janet Stedman in clearing the ash pit as fast-burning fagots (bundles of sticks or twigs) are quickly reduced to embers.
Detailed terra-cotta tomb figure (originally painted in bright polychrome), an infantry officer, distinguished by its 6 foot, 5 inch height, one of nearly 8000 life-size clay soldiers and horses buried in subterranean vaults near the tomb of the First Emperor of Qin, 221-206 B.C.