|Because of the popularity of our once-monthly Month in Clay features, I thought I would take the opportunity today to let Ceramic Arts Daily readers know about a new feature on the site. In conjunction with the publication of Ceramics Monthly’s annual October Gallery Guide issue, we have begun to highlight ceramics galleries on Ceramic Arts Daily.
The Featured Galleries section of Ceramic Arts Daily is a terrific place to discover galleries and museums that carry ceramic art and keep up on the latest in the ceramic arts world. It includes full color images of work by represented artists, descriptions of galleries and links to gallery websites. Browse the listings if you are a collector looking to find new places to buy ceramic art, if you are a ceramic artist looking for gallery representation, or if you just like to look at and be inspired by great work. Galleries bridge the gap between artists and buyers, none of these groups would do very well without the others. So it is our hope that the Ceramic Arts Galleries section of Ceramic Arts Daily will help these three vital communities stay connected.
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|On Collecting Ceramics
In his article “House of Pots,” Phil Rogers gives his perspective on being “the hunter and the hunted” in the collecting world, and what it really means to collect pots. He writes, “I have always been a collector of something. As a child I decided it would be a good idea to collect an example of every penny that had been minted from 1900 to 1963. I acquired most of them until I discovered that for 1933 only eight were minted. Every single 1933 penny had been accounted for and each was worth a small fortune! Later, my attentions were diverted to postage stamps and then to Beatle ephemera. The postage stamps I still have, the Beatle ephemera, now worth a great deal more than the postage stamps could ever have been, has long since gone.” Read the full article and see images of work from Phil’s collection!
In “Collecting: The Quest for Rightness” Tom Turner discusses looking for and recognizing the qualities in pots that make them timeless, instructive and perhaps even priceless. He writes, “The question of why a collector collects probably has as many answers as there are collectors. I fell in love with pottery in high school and bought my first antique on Rt. 66 while driving to Illinois State University from my hometown of Morris, Illinois. From 1961 until now, I have been intrigued by how things were made, and when they were priced where I could afford them, I have collected examples of intriguing objects, mostly pots. Some of my pots tell a story about forming, whether they were thrown, jiggered, cast or handbuilt. I have seen 600 gallon salt glazed jars that were made in Akron, Ohio, that look very symmetrical, as if they were turned. Up north they say thrown, down here in North Carolina we say turned. Other pots in my collection may indicate if they were fired right side up or upside down, whether they were glazed, and how they were fired: salt fired, wood fired, high fired or low fired. I must admit though that my collection is 99.9% high fired.” Read the full article and see images of work from Phil’s collection!