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WHO WAS DORA BILLINGTON?
As readers of this blog will know, I admire the potter Dora Billington, who admired pottery from all over the world – Persia, China, Italy, Stoke-on-Trent – and not just the small range of oriental ceramics in the Leach canon. (She’s on the right in the pic...
As readers of this blog will know, I admire the potter Dora Billington, who admired pottery from all over the world – Persia, China, Italy, Stoke-on-Trent – and not just the small range of oriental ceramics in the Leach canon. (She's on the right in the picture.) Billington was a dedicated ...
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remaissance: ST ALBANS - A NEW GALLERY AND MUSEUM FOR THE CITY
St Albans, where I live, is a historic city popular with tourists. It has Ancient British Roman and Saxon foundations. It has a rich musical life, ranging from the International Organ Festival to acoustic performers in local pubs - in fact it seems that nea...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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CERAMICS IN STORE
Every museum and art gallery has dozens of pieces of work in store, and some have most of their collection in tucked away, but curators are always pleased to bring them out for anyone seriously interested. Last week I went with the Craft Potters Association...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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QUALITY CONTROL: 10 CONTEMPORARY POTTERS
Here's something quite random and personal: ten contemporary potters that I like. Although I have a practical interest in painted pottery, not all of them decorate their work, and although I work in earthenware, most of them work in stoneware or porcelain. ...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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THE UNITY OF THE ARTS
The unity of the arts was a key idea of the Arts and Crafts movement, which was concerned especially to raise the status of crafts and the craftsman. They promoted the idea through organisations like the Art Workers Guild and Ashbee’s Guild of Handicrafts. ...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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POTTERY THROWERS OF STOKE-ON-TRENT
I bought a pottery wheel and several other items from an old potter who is retiring and among them were these slate throwers’ profiles or ribs from Minton’s, where he used to work. Throwers, who form pottery on the wheel, use these ribs to impart shape and...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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FREDDIE'S RESTAURANT HELPS PUT renaissance: ST ALBANS ON THE MAP
Last night I went to Freddie's restaurant to help raise funds for renaissance: ST ALBANS , the arts initiative I mentioned in my last blog post . St Albans council and the museums trust want to convert the old town hall into a museum and gallery space and m...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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NEW WORK AT "ART IN CLAY"
Here straight from the kiln are three vases that I'll be exhibiting at Art in Clay, Hatfield, from 3-5 July. Full details here . They are a selection of three of my current patterns: Parrot, Blue Arabesque, and Harlequin.  I'll be showing vases, jugs, mugs ...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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NELL VYSE, POTTER AND COMMUNIST
This picture came up on e-Bay recently, from the London Illustrated News , May 1922, a reproduction of a painting by W.R.S.Stott. The caption reads, “The revival of the potter’s art: at the kiln. The principal “Revivalist” in the picture – which the artist ...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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WILLIAM STAITE MURRAY: PIONEER POTTER
The pioneer potter William Staite Murray (1881-1962) was influential and in the 1920s and 1930s elevated the status of studio pottery. There is strength and grandeur in his pots. William Rothenstein, head of the Royal College of Art (RCA) gave him the most ...
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STRAWBERRY THIEVES
I went to the open day at Nunhead cemetery a couple of weeks ago.  Nunhead is one of the Magnificent Seven, the grand 19th century London cemeteries built by private companies and patronised during the heyday of top-hatted,  Victorian funerary monuments , n...
Painting, street art, buildings, cemeteries, popular culture - all these things influence my ceramics, though not in an obvious way. I write about them here if they interest, amuse or annoy me. Sometimes I even write about my own work.
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BUT IS IT ART? BUT IS IT COPYRIGHT?
A small argument has broken out on Wikipedia about whether a photo of a soup bowl can be included. The bowl ( left ) was part of the St Ives Pottery’s range of standard wares, introduced in the 1940s by Bernard Leach and his son David to provide an income s...
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