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POTTERY
[ Also see Occupations Sculpture ]

Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
      - Bible, Romans (ch. IX, v. 21)

Thou spring'st a leak already in thy crown,
  A flaw is in thy ill-bak'd vessel found;
    'Tis hollow, and returns a jarring sound,
      Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command,
        Unwrought, and easy to the potter's hand:
          Now take the mould; now bend thy mind to feel
            The first sharp motions of the forming wheel.
      - John Dryden, Third Satire of Persius
         (l. 35)

Said one among them: "Surely not in vain
  My substance of the common Earth was ta'en
    And to this Figure moulded, to be broke,
      Or trampled back to shapeless Earth again."
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 84),
        (Fitzgerald's translation)

All this of Pot and Potter--Tell me then,
  Who is the Potter, pray, and who the Pot?
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 87),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

There's a joy without canker or cark,
  There's a pleasure eternally new,
    Tis to gloat on the glaze and the mark
      Of china that's ancient and blue;
        Unchipp'd, all the centuries through
          It has pass'd, since the chime of it rang,
            And they fashion'd it, figures and hue,
              In the reign of the Emperor Hwang.
                Here's a pot with a cot in a park,
                  In a park where the peach-blossoms blew,
                    Where the lovers eloped in the dark,
                      Lived, died, and were changed into two
                        Bright birds that eternally flew
                          Through the boughs of May, as they sang;
                            'Tis a tale was undoubtedly true
                              In the reign of the Emperor Hwang.
      - Andrew Lang, Ballade of Blue China

Turn, turn, my wheel! Turn round and round
  Without a pause, without a sound:
    So spins the flying world away!
      This clay, well mixed with marl and sand,
        Follows the motion of my hand;
          For some must follow, and some command,
            Though all are made of clay!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos (l. 1)

Figures that almost move and speak.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos
         (l. 236)

And yonder by Nankin, behold!
  The Tower of Porcelain, strange and old,
    Uplifting to the astonished skies
      Its ninefold painted balconies,
        With balustrades of twining leaves,
          And roofs of tile, beneath whose eaves
            Hang porcelain bells that all the time
              Ring with a soft, melodious chime;
                While the whole fabric is ablaze
                  With varied tints, all fused in one
                    Great mass of color, like a maze
                      Of flowers illumined by the sun.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos
         (l. 336)

A bad vase doesn't break.
  [Lat., Nalum vas non frangitur.]
      - Proverb, (Latin)

For a male person bric-a-brac hunting is about as robust a business as making doll-clothes.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Tramp Abroad (ch. XX)

I am content to be a bric-a-bracker and a Ceramiker.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Tramp Abroad (ch. XX)

The very "marks" on the bottom of a piece of rare crockery are able to throw me into a gibbering ecstasy.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Tramp Abroad (ch. XX)


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