Pleasure eternally new

Pottery on display in an outdoor market, Concordia, Mexico 2004

Pottery on display in an outdoor market, Concordia, Mexico 2004

“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…”
Andrew Lang

Although a man wrote these words, most of the people I know who would really understand them are women.  I’ve found that I am among a large number of people who admire china and pottery.  I would gladly fill my cupboards with glorious varieties of dishes in beautiful patterns, if I had the unlimited space and money to do so.  As it is, I admire and often photograph beautiful displays of china or pottery in shops and markets wherever I go.  On reflection, that’s really better than owning it anyway; no need to wash, dust or worry about breakage.  Hats off to the skilled artists who brighten our everyday lives with useful art!  (A confession: I had to look up the definition of the word cark.”)

This post was originally published seven years ago today. You can view the original with comments here.

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