Pleasure eternally new
“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.