By means of a pun, the city of Granada in southern Spain has become associated with the pomegranate. The Moors, who ruled the city for seven hundred years, called it Garnata, a word possibly taken from the name of the district that had for a long time been occupied by the Jews, Garnata al yahud. … Continue reading GRANADA, THE POMEGRANATE
Cutlery drainer by Marshall ColmanA Crafts Council survey in 2004 estimated that there are about 6,000 professional potters in Britain. In 1950 there were probably fewer than 200. There was a brief period in the 1950s and 1960s when demand for studio pottery outstripped supply and when Harrow Art School started its studio pottery course … Continue reading THE DIFFICULT ART: BRITISH TIN-GLAZED POTTERY SINCE 1900
Parmigianino, An Assistant Grinding ColoursAnyone who works with colours, especially on earthenware, knows that reds and yellows are the most difficult.You usually have buy them as commercial stains. These are designed to be stable and so they don't have the qualities that studio potters look for, reacting with glaze, showing variation and creating texture. I … Continue reading IS IT WORTH THE TROUBLE TO MAKE YOUR OWN COLOURS?