Psycho Ceramics: A Primer for Collectors

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (directed by Miloš Forman and starring Jack Nicholson) came out in 1975. It was based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Ken Kesey. The film contains the line: “We are lunatics from the hospital up the highway, psycho-ceramics, the cracked pots of mankind.”

Kreiss’ Psycho Ceramics are literally and figuratively psychoceramics!

Psycho Ceramics

There’s more to this story…

In 1998, Cosma Rohilla Shalizi, a physicist and statistician, explained psychoceramics with the inclusion of one of my absolute favorite words (jeremiadslike this:

For obvious reasons, this is the golden age of psychoceramics, when a million mutant flowers bloom, and a thousand sherds of thought contend. Currently psychoceramics is little more than recreational kook-fancying, by people like me. Some of us do it because kooks amuse us, some as a means of marking themselves as Not Normal (But Not as Strange as Those Kooks), some because they take a sympathetic interest in the fringes of human belief, and some because they take a hostile interest. I’m mostly in it for laughing at silly people and rationalist jeremiads: not very noble motives, perhaps, but there they are. Others among us are much more charitable, perhaps to excess…

DAMN! Just think of all the crazy talk that’s occurred in the last 14 years! Here’s a taste of some classic Psycho Ceramics, many of which can be purchased through the eBay and RPM links above for $30-$100.