The Tradition of No Tradition
Film one begins by asking: “What is a potter?” “What is clay?” and “What makes a pot a vessel?”
These issues are examined from the perspectives of contemporary potters, historians and art critics.
The film goes on to explore American ceramics’ background by examining its European origins. Museum curators and art historians talk about the astonishing work of turn-of-the-century artists such as Maria Longworth Nichols, Adelaide Alsop Robineau, and the Rookwood Art Pottery.
It closes with a look at the outrageous “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” George Ohr, whose work was so far ahead of his time that he is considered by many to be the best potter who ever lived.