AI WEIWEI: CREDIT AND AUTHORSHIP

In China, so I’ve been told, you can buy Imperial Sung Dynasty ceramics on market stalls for a few pounds. Although they’re not authentic, they're indistinguishable from the real thing. The Chinese attitude to authorship and authenticity is based on respect for past masters and the belief that you can never do better than them. … Continue reading AI WEIWEI: CREDIT AND AUTHORSHIP

"OUT OF THE TUB", A FILM ABOUT R J WASHINGTON

I was at the Royal College of Art (RCA) last night for the first screening of this film about R.J. "Bob"Washington, an original and trail-blazing ceramist. In the senior common room of the RCA were a penetrating self-portrait of William Rothenstein, the reforming principal in the 1920s, a man who knew absolutely everybody and got the … Continue reading "OUT OF THE TUB", A FILM ABOUT R J WASHINGTON

POTTERY THROWDOWN: CERAMICS THAT MAKE YOU WEEP WITH JOY

BBC TV’s new series The Great Pottery Throw Down is a surprise, taking the successful formula of Bakeoff to the difficult and dirty art of ceramics. The first episode looked good. The judges are two experienced potters, Kate Malone, who makes large, juicy vessels in bright colours, and Keith Brymer Jones, who has applied the … Continue reading POTTERY THROWDOWN: CERAMICS THAT MAKE YOU WEEP WITH JOY