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The art pottery movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries was a high-water mark in the domestication of American aesthetics. Geologically blessed Ohio, whose earth yielded many rich clays, was a center for the U.S. industry, and Cincinnati’s Rookwood Pottery was the queen of the Ohio studios. It’s easy to sneer at the idea of tasteful household decoration as morally improving until you consider that the opposite notion—that naught but one’s ass need be soothed—has culminated in such laughable, life-denying monstrosities as are displayed in the Marlo Furniture Showroom on Route 1 in Laurel (it’s worth a tour, but they forbid you to take photographs). Proof of Rookwood’s absolute moral and aesthetic superiority to all such product will be demonstrated by collectors Gerald and Virginia Gordon in their slide lecture, “Rookwood: America’s Contribution to the Fine Arts,” at 7:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. FREE. (202) 727-1186. (Glenn Dixon)