Many people look on ceramics as kind of a lower class workman's art. Trinkets to put on the mantlepiece and a fall back if you can't think of a present to give someone you don't like.
Au contraire, mes amis, as Pablo Picasso might have said. As you can see, ceramics can produce the highest art of all. No wonder Pablo himself began to study ceramics only after he had obtained acclaim in other simpler disciplines. He even met his second wife, Suzanne, in a pottery factory.
So for a bit more about this most scientific of the arts that has has been a vital part of civilization for over 5000 years, click here.