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American Art Pottery Pioneer

Monday, November 22, 2010 | Karl Cole

I’ve told you all about American Art Pottery in a previous blog. It’s a fascinating topic, because it is evidence of the major impact of women artists on the American art scene, one of the ...

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Fancy Paint Box

Monday, June 28, 2010 | Karl Cole

I always look for artistic beauty in everyday objects, and I have shown you many that really caught my eye. But this piece has got to be the high point of this concept. Actually, this Wedgwood piece a ...

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A Taste for the "Exotic"?

Monday, April 12, 2010 | Karl Cole

Having blossomed into teen-hood in the 1970s, I often like to compare some of the “art” that emerged in the 1800s with the 1970s. It’s like, “what were they thinking?” Th ...

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Something Completely Different

Monday, March 1, 2010 | Karl Cole

I am a big admirer of artists who produce porcelain. I don’t own any, but I sure love to see examples in museums. Porcelain was first produced in China in the first millennium CE and in Japan in ...

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Mesoamerica-North American Connection

Monday, January 4, 2010 | Karl Cole

I just finished my part of work on the revision of our studio book about clay and so I thought I would show you a ceramic artwork this week. As an art historian, I enjoy making connections between cul ...

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Art in Everyday Life: Ancient Greece

Monday, November 23, 2009 | Karl Cole

As I’ve mentioned before, I resist the Western art historical tendency to consider the art of ancient Greece and Rome as the high points of artistic achievement, in a broad view of art around th ...

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Art in Everyday Life

Monday, November 16, 2009 | Karl Cole

While looking at images for the revision of one of our books, I came across an image of a metal pitcher from the 1930s. It had such clean, modern lines that it could easily be mistaken for a contempor ...

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The Japan/North Carolina Connection

Monday, November 2, 2009 | Karl Cole

Ceramic traditions vary greatly around the world. In some cultures, the material is considered all-important, while in other cultures, the form or shape is the emphasis. Techniques for production of c ...

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"Anonymous" Artists

Monday, August 3, 2009 | Karl Cole

While visiting Cape Cod last weekend, I painted with my friend Erika and produced two little landscapes in acrylic. When I got home I thought, “Geez, where am I going to put these?” M ...

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Mayan Ceramics

Monday, July 20, 2009 | Karl Cole

I find it very interesting (in my geeky, art historian way) to contrast the art of cultures from all over the non-Western world and compare them to the “epitome” of aesthetics in the West, ...

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