MARY WONDRAUSCH 1923-2016

Mary Wondrausch, dressed for her OBE ceremony, 2000.Mary Wondrausch, the great English potter, died yesterday. Three years ago, aged 90, she stopped taking her medicines. She said, "I feel there's something wrong with a society that's being kept alive when there aren't enough young people to support all these old people." She was always strong-minded. … Continue reading MARY WONDRAUSCH 1923-2016

101 DALMATIONS: HAVE YOURSELF A DRAB LITTLE CHRISTMAS

In the 1950s subdued colours were preferred. British Standard colours were called things like “Camouflage Beige”, “NATO Green”, “Light Aircraft Grey” and “Very Dark Drab”.  They were a remnant of the war but were put to good effect by architects and designers until the explosion of bright colours in the sixties. Even "101 Dalmations", released … Continue reading 101 DALMATIONS: HAVE YOURSELF A DRAB LITTLE CHRISTMAS

DORA BILLINGTON: POTTER, NEEDLEWOMAN, MYSTERY

Dora Billington, a photo taken for The Art of the Potter, 1937Dora Billington (1890-1968) was one of the most important British studio potters of the 20th century, but she is better known for the people she taught than for her own work. Among her students were Alan Caiger-Smith, William Newland, Margaret Hine, Kenneth Clark, Ann … Continue reading DORA BILLINGTON: POTTER, NEEDLEWOMAN, MYSTERY

THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE POTTERY PAINTING CRAZE

William S. Coleman, The Potter's DaughterJust as pottery cafes are popular today, with children's parties and the like, pottery painting was a popular hobby in the late 19th century and it became a veritable craze.It was sparked off by Mintons, who set up a London Art Pottery Studio in 1870 under the direction of the … Continue reading THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE POTTERY PAINTING CRAZE