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 make it a major visitor destination.The fundraiser was Freddie's … Continue reading FREDDIE’S RESTAURANT HELPS PUT renaissance: ST ALBANS ON THE MAP
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 nearly every pub has a music night.But the visual arts are … Continue reading renaissance: ST ALBANS – A NEW GALLERY AND MUSEUM FOR THE CITY
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 and covered jars in these patterns. More pictures soon - I … Continue reading NEW WORK AT "ART IN CLAY"
Every museum and art gallery has dozens of pieces of work in store, and some have most of their collection tucked away, but curators are always pleased to bring them out for anyone seriously interested. Last week I went with the Craft Potters Association to Buckinghamshire County Council's store of studio pottery in Halton, where Mel Czapski, … Continue reading CERAMICS IN STORE
This picture came up on e-Bay recently, from the London Illustrated News, May 1922, a reproduction of a painting by W.R.S.Stott. The caption reads, “The revival of the potter’s art: at the kiln. The principal “Revivalist” in the picture – which the artist names “The Revivalists” – is Mr. Charles Vyse, the well-known potter. He … Continue reading NELL VYSE, POTTER AND COMMUNIST
Here's something quite random and personal: ten contemporary potters that I like. Although I have a practical interest in painted pottery, not all of them decorate their work, and although I work in earthenware, most of them work in stoneware or porcelain. Their work is different but it's united (apart from the fact that they're … Continue reading QUALITY CONTROL: 10 CONTEMPORARY POTTERS