Marcia Selsor Posted January 25, 2011 Report Share Posted January 25, 2011 This was originally name your top ten potters on Clayart and spurred some interesting dialogue from people seeing the choices reflecting the aesthetics of the poster, or arguing that there is an intellectual mean for judging beauty. I am listing my top five potters of old with a brief description of why their work attracts me. I posted examples of their work in a album Top Five Potters in my gallery. Bernard Palissey, French 1510-1590 Self-taught . Named as the Kingâ€™s Artist of Rustic ceramics.His work incorporates crustaceans, reptiles, fish, bugs, in a wild array of nature on platters. In an attempt to get his kiln to temperature during a particular firing, he was compelled to burn his furniture and then the floor board of his house. Adelaide Robineau, 1865-1929 A Syracuse, NY Potter, she worked at the Art Academy, University City in St. Louis,along with Taxile Doat from Sevres. She was the founding publisher of Keramos Magazine and in 1932 the Ceramics National Competition in Syracuse was established in her honor. Her most famous piece was the Scarab vase, or the Thousand Hour vase which she refired several times to repair cracks. Taxile Doat, 1851-1939 came to the US from the Sevres Porcelain factory in Paris at Robineauâ€™s invitation He wrote Grand Feu Ceramics with Adelaideâ€™s husband Samuel Robineau who translated it into English. Worked in the Art Academy at the Peopleâ€™s University in St. Louis. His forms and glazes were very advanced for his time. He and Adelaide experimented with many types of glazes including macro-crystalline glazes. Sarah Irvine, 1887-1970 Decorator at Newcomb Pottery, Instructor Tulane University. I find her very successful in her ability to convey atmosphere of place on the round surface of a pot. The Moche culture on the north coast of Peru in the years 100-700 A.D. I love the livelness of the images whether they are painted onto surfaces or sculpted. Both ways express emotion, human nature or raw natural existence. So in reviewing these potters and their work I see I predominantly am attracted to a common thread; the depiction of nature in combination with the vessel. Anyone else want to post their favorites? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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