THE GRANGE: PUGIN’S HOUSE AT RAMSGATE

When A.W.N.Pugin built The Grange, his house in Ramsgate, in the 1840s, he put large bolts on the doors and made sure the windows were secured at night because he feared revolution in England. Wasn’t that a bit far-fetched, the fantasy of a mad Catholic Tory?  After all, the French Revolution had ended thirty years … Continue reading THE GRANGE: PUGIN’S HOUSE AT RAMSGATE

CERAMICS OF VIETRI AND A GLAZE RECIPE FROM THE 1920s

I said in my last post about the ceramics of Vietri sul Mare that this popular pottery is thoroughly studied by Italian academics, and the Italian attitude to it contrasts with the indifference in the UK. (A pottery collector once dismissed my ceramics as "like the stuff you see in Italy".) The Italian ceramic discourse … Continue reading CERAMICS OF VIETRI AND A GLAZE RECIPE FROM THE 1920s