Architecture and pottery have much in common. Architecture is the art of enclosing space. Pottery is, in essence, miniature architecture, displacing and enclosing space by the development of three-dimensional forms. Spheres, cylinders, domes, arches, and cones are forms associated with both architecture and pots. The development of complex forms is infinite in variety, and the above two-dimensional drawings show a montage of utilitarian forms using the circle, square, rectangle, triangle, and ellipse.
—Excerpted from
Functional Pottery: Forms and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose by Robin Hopper, published by
The American Ceramic Society and available at