BLUE AND WHITE CERAMICS AND THE MYTH OF THE PEASANT POTTER

I'm about to go to Italy, where I'll be visiting the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, which claims to have the largest collection of ceramics in the world.  I've never been there before and it will be fascinating to compare it to the ceramics gallery of the V&A, which I know well. After writing my … Continue reading BLUE AND WHITE CERAMICS AND THE MYTH OF THE PEASANT POTTER

JUST PRICE, THE MACHINE AND THE MAKER

I'm preparing a talk for the News From Nowhere Club next  month and I've been reading Michael Cardew's chapters in Pioneer Pottery on price and product.  I'd forgotten what good sense he talked.Cardew (left), whom Leach regarded as his best pupil, started off trying to make pottery for everyday use at a price that ordinary people … Continue reading JUST PRICE, THE MACHINE AND THE MAKER

COBALT BLUE: NOT QUITE MONOCHROME

I'm repeatedly drawn to decorating only in cobalt blue. It's not exactly monochrome decoration because of the variation in tone you can get with it, but it's mono-pigment.Cobalt is absolutely reliable, performing well at all temperatures and in all kiln atmospheres. It's one of the most versatile of oxides, usable on raw clay, as an … Continue reading COBALT BLUE: NOT QUITE MONOCHROME