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IN JEWISH PRAGUE
Romantic Prague: Baroque Palaces in the Little Town, the broad Vltava, fairy-tale spires, palace gardens, accordionists playing sentimental melodies in the restaurants. One of the most popular locations for visitors is Jewish Prague in the Old Town, which c...
Romantic Prague: Baroque Palaces in the Little Town, the broad Vltava, fairy-tale spires, palace gardens, accordionists playing sentimental melodies in the restaurants. One of the most popular locations for visitors is Jewish Prague in the Old Town, which consists mainly of its ancient cemetery ...
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William Rothenstein (left) was principal of he Royal College of Art from 1920 to 1935. It's hard to believe it now, but when he took over, the RCA was a pretty poor art school and its reputation was low. Rothenstein revolutionized it. He thought it was stuck in an Arts-and-Crafts time warp, ...
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My article on Dora Billington, "From Arts and Crafts to Studio Pottery", has just been published in Interpreting Ceramics - you can read the full text by clicking the link here. It traces her career before 1945, in particular her years at the Royal College of Art as a student and teacher and her ...
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HATFIELD ART IN CLAY, 2015
We had good weather and a happy weekend at Art in Clay at Hatfield House. In the brief lull before returning to work' here's a few things that caught my eye from exhibitors who stood out from the traditional potters. One of Vilas Silverton's Zen rogues ( le...
We had good weather and a happy weekend at Art in Clay at Hatfield House. In the brief lull before returning to work' here's a few things that caught my eye from exhibitors who stood out from the traditional potters. One of Vilas Silverton's Zen rogues (left, top) was featured on the show ticket ...
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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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NO JOB TOO SMALL
How many times have you read that, only to be told by the company when you ask them to mend your doorbell, “Sorry, it’s too small to be economic”? Well, I found the perfect engineering firm for which it was true: no job really was too small. My second hand ...
How many times have you read that, only to be told by the company when you ask them to mend your doorbell, “Sorry, it's too small to be economic”? Well, I found the perfect engineering firm for which it was true: no job really was too small. My second hand Fitzwilliam potter's wheel required a ...
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ROTHENSTEIN'S REVOLUTION
William Rothenstein ( left ) was principal of he Royal College of Art from 1920 to 1935. It's hard to believe it now, but when he took over, the RCA was a pretty poor art school and its reputation was low. Rothenstein revolutionized it. He thought it was st...
William Rothenstein (left) was principal of he Royal College of Art from 1920 to 1935. It's hard to believe it now, but when he took over, the RCA was a pretty poor art school and its reputation was low. Rothenstein revolutionized it. He thought it was stuck in an Arts-and-Crafts time warp, ...
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DORA BILLINGTON: FROM ARTS AND CRAFTS TO STUDIO POTTERY
My article on Dora Billington, "From Arts and Crafts to Studio Pottery", has just been published in Interpreting Ceramics - you can read the full text by clicking the link here . It traces her career before 1945, in particular her years at the Royal College...
My article on Dora Billington, "From Arts and Crafts to Studio Pottery", has just been published in Interpreting Ceramics - you can read the full text by clicking the link here. It traces her career before 1945, in particular her years at the Royal College of Art as a student and teacher and her ...
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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...
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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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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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