Being a ceramicist myself I looked in awe at works from the stone age right through to modern times. Perfect porcelain shapes and brilliant glazes perfected by skilled craftsmen.
Here a just a few samples - I have not included all the domestic ware on show, as this would fill several blog pages ...
Vinegar Cruet - Johann Joachim Kandler - German 1757
Vase - Sadie Irvine ( Newcomb Pottery ) - USA - 1909
Dovizia - Giovanni Della Robbia - Florence - 1509
The God of Wealth - China - Qing Dynasty - early 18th century
Jar with Scrolling Vines and Gourds - China - Ming Dynasty - late 15th century
Altar Bowl with Winged Animals - China - Ming Dynasty - mid 15th century
Decorated Bottles - China - Yuan Dynasty - mid 14th Century
My Favourite ... Lobed Dish - Japan - Edo Period - early 18th Century
Vase - Japan - Edo Period - late 18th Century
Arhat - China - Liao Dynasty - ca. 1000
Another Favourite - but a bad image I'm sorry - I love this glazed decoration ... no details
Vase with Peony Scroll - China - Northn Song Dynasty - 11th Century
Vase - Nils Emil Lundstrom - Sweden - 1903
Vase - Fernand Thesmar - France - 1904
Coffee Set - Leon Kann - France - 1900
Two Handled Bowl - China - Wanli Period - 16th Century
And then from the Ancient Middle East ...
these wonderful decorated stonepaste and earthenware pieces from Iran and Turkey
... and don't get me started on pottery from Ancient Greece ...
But rather, lets end this post with a stunning piece from contemporary Japan
Flow - Fujikasa Satoko - Japan - 2011
Tomorrow I'll finish at the Met with lots of extraordinary Marble and Sandstone sculptures ...