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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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POTTERY BY MARGARET HINE AND WILLIAM NEWLAND
In my last post I said that Muriel Rose, who helped to create the post-war canon of studio pottery, omitted William Newland and Margaret Hine, two busy and successful contemporaries. I've written about Newland and Hine here and mentioned them in several oth...
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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VAT AND THE ARTIST
Some artist once said he preferred the company of businessmen because they liked to talk about art, whereas artists always talked about business. Not so in my experience. Artists are unbusinesslike, and many small gallery owners are artists at heart. I'm in...
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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PS TO CERAMIC EDUCATION IN BRITAIN
In my last post I said that in the mid-seventies there were 37 full-time courses in ceramics in Britain. Like everyone else I wondered what the closure of courses would mean for studio pottery.  Assume the annual intake of each course was ten, and that half...
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MALEVITCH: THE END AND THE BEGINNING OF PAINTING
Kazimir Malevitch's "Black Square" (1915) ( above ) was the end of representational painting. In 1916, the Dadaists' Zurich exhibition was the end of art.  After those momentous events, what art became was a family whose members bore some resemblance to one...
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LEARNING POTTERY: ART SCHOOLS vs APPRENTICESHIPS
As readers of this blog will have realised, I'm researching how pottery was taught in British art schools in the 20th century.  Here's a very, very brief overview. Iznik, one of Lunn's teaching models, from Pottery , 1910 Practical pottery in Britain was fi...
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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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RUSKIN AND THE CULT OF ROUGHNESS IN STUDIO POTTERY
John Ruskin. Workmen must be free to produce imperfect art. Studio pottery was created partly by narratives that set out its history, listed its key figures and promoted its values. Bernard Leach, rightly called the father of studio pottery, was its leading...
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MEET ME AND SEE MY LATEST WORK
Here are a few pieces that came out of the kiln this morning.  They're going on sale this weekend at the Chilwickbury Christmas Market , St Albans, Hertfordshire. The market is put on by Christiane Kubrick at her house every year, and it's always a pleasure...
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CERAMICS EDUCATION IN BRITAIN
I've written before about the closure of the Harrow ceramics course , the BA Ceramics at the University of Westminster. Matthew Partington, of the University of the West of England, described the closure of ceramics courses a few years ago in an interesting...
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TO ADD A FIXED PERCENTAGE BY DRY WEIGHT OF STAIN TO A GLAZE SLOP OF KNOWN RECIPE
PROBLEM To determine the weight of dry matter in the glaze slop. SOLUTION By Brongniart's formula W = G(L-1000)/(G-1) calculate weight of dry matter in the glaze slop. Where: W = the dry weight of matter in the slop L = the weight in grams of a litre of the...
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BANKSY'S RACIST PIGEONS REMOVED BY COUNCIL
Tendring district council removed this ironic Banksy graffiti from Clacton-on-Sea because of complaints over the racist slogans. That raises several questions: Does the high regard in which Banksy is held encourage the defacement of buildings by thousands o...
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