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CALDER MOBILES FROZEN IN TIME
I thought I knew something about 20th century art. I'd heard of Alexander Calder, and in the 'sixties, when I came to artistic consciousness, Calder was still working and his mobiles were emblems of modernism. So I went to Tate Modern's Calder exhibition an...
I thought I knew something about 20th century art. I'd heard of Alexander Calder, and in the 'sixties, when I came to artistic consciousness, Calder was still working and his mobiles were emblems of modernism. So I went to Tate Modern's Calder exhibition and realised I knew almost nothing about ...
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HOMAGE TO MENTELUPO: WORK IN PROGRESS
There are lots of ideas that I don't have time to develop.  One was a homage to the maiolica of Montelupo, the Tuscan town which produced a lot of jolly plates with images from the Commedia del'Arte. They used large areas of yellow in the sky, that deliciou...
There are lots of ideas that I don't have time to develop. One was a homage to the maiolica of Montelupo, the Tuscan town which produced a lot of jolly plates with images from the Commedia del'Arte. They used large areas of yellow in the sky, that delicious egg-yolk yellow that the potters made ...
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AI WEIWEI: CREDIT AND AUTHORSHIP
In China, so I’ve been told, you can buy Imperial Sung Dynasty ceramics on market stalls for a few pounds. Although they’re not authentic, they're indistinguishable from the real thing. In China there’s a different attitude to authorship and authenticity to...
In China, so I've been told, you can buy Imperial Sung Dynasty ceramics on market stalls for a few pounds. Although they're not authentic, they're indistinguishable from the real thing. In China there's a different attitude to authorship and authenticity to ours, based on respect for past ...
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POTTERY THROWDOWN: CERAMICS THAT MAKE YOU WEEP WITH JOY
BBC TV’s new series The Great Pottery Throw Down is a surprise, taking the successful formula of Bakeoff to the difficult and dirty art of ceramics. The first episode looked good. The judges are two experienced potters, Kate Malone , who makes large, juicy ...
BBC TV's new series The Great Pottery Throw Down is a surprise, taking the successful formula of Bakeoff to the difficult and dirty art of ceramics. The first episode looked good. The judges are two experienced potters, Kate Malone, who makes large, juicy vessels in bright colours, ...
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I love this programme,Matthew won .I really hope they show another series.I am going to miss it until they do.
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OPENING THE KILN
However long you do ceramics, a kiln firing remains nerve-wracking and you always open the kiln with trepidation. Today I finished a firing and took out 70 pieces, nearly all of them good. Firing an electric kiln isn't as easy as is often made out. Sure, yo...
However long you do ceramics, a kiln firing remains nerve-wracking and you always open the kiln with trepidation. Today I finished a firing and took out 70 pieces, nearly all of them good. Firing an electric kiln isn't as easy as is often made out. Sure, you can get the controller to switch the ...
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IN THE STUDIO OF PÁL MOLNÁR-C
When the iron curtain came down, western businesses were quick to invest in eastern Europe, but almost a generation later many interesting eastern European artists are still unknown to us. We discovered Pál Molnár-C by chance when we were traveling on the D...
When the iron curtain came down, western businesses were quick to invest in eastern Europe, but almost a generation later many interesting eastern European artists are still unknown to us. We discovered Pál Molnár-C by chance when we were traveling on the Danube from Budapest to Szentendre.
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WEKERLE: BUDAPEST'S ARTS AND CRAFTS HOUSING ESTATE
Photo: Anikó Kern After returning from Hungary last summer I hoped to write something about the Wekerle Estate, Budapest’s garden city, but failed to do so. Here instead is a cross posting from Martin Yarnit's travel blog, Silver Streaker , with some photos...
After returning from Hungary last summer I hoped to write something about the Wekerle Estate, Budapest's garden city, but failed to do so. Here instead is a cross posting from Martin Yarnit's travel blog, Silver Streaker, with some photos of the estate by me and much better ones by Dr Anikó Kern ...
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SERENDIPITY IN TILES
I don't normally make tiles, but I produced a few for my talk and demonstration at the Buckinghamshire Pottery and Sculpture Society last week - the idea was to have a square on which I could show how different techniques of decorating work.  On this tile, ...
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LEACH POTTERY STANDARD WARE
 In recent years the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall, has been run by a trust as a museum and a workshop for potters, and they have revived the idea of standard ware, which was the backbone and the daily bread of Bernard Leach's pottery after the second...
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TEST AND TRIALS: SPONGING
I have a range of shapes and patterns but my ceramics are always developing and I'm trialling a new design and a new method - sponging. The method of sponging designs under the glaze to white pottery is long established - Emma Bridgewater does it well - but...
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ST. JOHN NEPOMUK TOMB, PRAGUE
"Baroque excess" is a tautology, but the glorious silver tomb of St. John Nepomuk by Fischer von Erlach  in the Cathedral of St Vitus in Prague cannot be described without tautology. I took a few pictures with a poor camera in the low light of the church, b...
"Baroque excess" is a tautology, but the glorious silver tomb of St. John Nepomuk by Fischer von Erlach in the Cathedral of St Vitus in Prague cannot be described without tautology. I took a few pictures with a poor camera in the low light of the church, but they give some idea of it.
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SCHWEIK'S PUB
I'm a fan of The Good Soldier Schweik , but then everyone is, aren't they, because it's the most translated novel in the Czech language, and that sly idiot Schweik is known all over the world. Like all fans, I was a sucker for Schweik's pub in Prague, U Kal...
I'm a fan of The Good Soldier Schweik, but then everyone is, aren't they, because it's the most translated novel in the Czech language, and that sly idiot Schweik is known all over the world. Like all fans, I was a sucker for Schweik's pub in Prague, U Kalicha, The Chalice.
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I make simple, elegant pottery for modern interiors. I trained at the Rodmell Pottery, Sussex and at Harrow (BA Ceramics, University of Westminster). I work full time from my studio in St Albans and exhibit throughout the UK. I am one of the few ceramists in Britain using the difficult medium of tin glaze, which requires rapid painting on the unfired glaze. Tin-glazed earthenware has a long pedigree, including Italian maiolica, but I make a contemporary interpretation of it.  My historical sources include abstract expressionism and 1950s textiles. I won the St Albans Museums Trust Prize in 2013 for ceramics shown at UH Galleries. I am researching the life and times of Dora Billington, the influential 20th century potter who taught many leading ceramists at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. 

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