Ah, the beautiful world of craft art…

Celadon sculpture by Cliff Lee -- all but the stems and the thorns are thrown on the wheel and, yes, when you hold it up to the light, the petals of the lilies are translucent.
Celadon sculpture by Cliff Lee — all but the stems and the thorns are thrown on the wheel and, yes, when you hold it up to the light, the petals of the lilies are translucent.

Great to dip back into the world of craft art — or whatever name you want to call first-rate works made in clay, glass, wood, metal,…  At the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair I reconnected with Cliff Lee, a ceramist whose work I had written about in 2010  for American Style.   Five years, I now realize, is a long time:  the Lees’  bounding dog Hunter has died, their cuddly three-legged cat has moved in with their son, and, just now, when I tried to link this blog to the article I wrote, all I got was a blank page.  American Style suspended publication about two years ago, and I am once again reminded of just how much I used to love writing for its great editor, Hope Daniels, and how much I love the world of ceramists, woodturners, glass-blowers.…

Pot by Cliff Lee with a lava glaze that has the frothiness of  sea foam.
Pot by Cliff Lee with a lava glaze that has the frothiness of sea foam.

Luckily some things don’t change — Cliff Lee’s work is as terrific as ever…

and I discovered the work of a potter I should have known but somehow had missed before, John Pagliaro.

Shadow boxes with pinch pots by John Pagliaro.
Shadow boxes with pinch pots by John Pagliaro 
Pinch pots by John Pagliaro on display at the NY Ceramics and Glass Fair
Pinch pots by John Pagliaro on display at the NY Ceramics and Glass Fair

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