In this issue traditional potters John and Esther Sills of Redwood City, California. In steering their way between the commercial and the unique, these potters have had to make occasional compromises because of the need to make a living.
Our cover is a variation on a timeless theme, “The Old and New.” Adelaide Robineau’s porcelain Scarab Vase with its intricate incised decoration (right) which won an international prize in 1911 contrasts with a contemporary prize winner from the 17th Ceramic National. The stoneware bottle is by Theodore Randall. This trend toward earthy surfaces and muted colors is discussed by Daniel Rhodes on page 11; the Cover Story on Mrs. Robineau will be found on page 12.