My review of the exhibition Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal, which was shown at the Jewish Museum London earlier this year, is in The Journal of Modern Craft. I have a few complimentary copies. Let me know if you would like one.
Every time we go to Budapest we visit the Museum of Applied Arts (above), which always has one or two good temporary exhibitions. This April we went to see the collection of work by Marcel Breuer and his Hungarian colleagues. Breuer was of Hungarian origin – those who knew him well addressed him as Lajko, … Continue reading THE MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS, BUDAPEST
I’ve complained about unimaginative and backward-looking domestic architecture in St Albans. Now, in the interest of balance, I show some pictures of an admirable contemporary housing development. It’s Oaklands, built on the site of the old St Albans college of further education and incorporating nearly all of the previous buildings. In a way it's retro … Continue reading OAKLANDS, ST ALBANS
I went to the Cotswolds yesterday to find out more about the Cotswold slipware potteries that I wrote about earlier. Before calling on Dinah Kunzemann, who used to run the Evenlode Pottery with her husband Dieter, I visited the Gordon Russell Design Museum in Broadway.Russell was a first-rate furniture designer, a successful businessman, a humane … Continue reading THE BEST HOMES AND FURNITURE, FOR THE MOST PEOPLE AT THE LEAST COST
I'm testing new glazes. I make small samples, using just 30 gm of dry matter, to which I add about 5% of stains. In these quantities, the measurement of stains has to be accurate to a hundredth of a gram. I have these great little scales, the little oblong thing in the middle of the … Continue reading ALCHEMY IN THE CERAMICS STUDIO