The leading ceramics quarterly Honoho Geijutsu recently published a very interesting survey in its 65th issue, listing the names of the most important (juyo) and popular (ninki) ceramic artists of the 20th century.

It was compiled by asking three different groups — critics and curators, gallery owners and readers — each to choose 10 potters who they felt outshone the rest. As can be expected, the lists, for the most part, were quite different. While the critics and curators had one set of criteria (for example, who expanded the boundaries of the field, or who made the most dramatic and courageous changes), the gallery folk were probably thinking along the lines of who sells for the highest price. Obviously, these two lines of thinking do intersect at certain names. The readers, most likely seasoned collectors, also selected many names on the pro’s lists.

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