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
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, 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
Stephanie Buttle, Central St MatinsThat's the title of an upcoming exhibition at Central St Martins (University of the Arts London) next year. It surveys the history of the ceramics course there - now one of the few ceramics BAs left in Britain. It has an illustrious history, led in the mid-20th century by Dora Billington … Continue reading "CRAFTSMANSHIP ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH"
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
I've re-launched my website to show the complete range of patterns made in my studio. Do pop over an have a look.Inspired by autumn berries, this spare design is painted in grey and two tones of red. An elegant pattern with a Japanese feel.
An interesting feature of all the notes that you will see about Spanish pottery is that there's no mention of tin glaze. That's because virtually all pottery made in Spain is tin glaze and drawing attention to the fact is like drawing attention to the fact that it's made of clay. So take it as read that … Continue reading NOTES ON SEVILLE’S CERAMIC TRADITION