Ceramics by Rebecca ApplebyThe Craft Potters Association (CPA), the leading UK body for art ceramics, selects professional members twice a year. It's interesting to see the artists they're choosing at the moment. This month they accepted applications from Rebecca Appleby, Emily-Kriste Wilcox, Adela Powell, Paula Downing, Peter Bodenham, Ali Tomlin and Sue Hannah.Formed in 1958, the … Continue reading NEW MEMBERS OF THE CRAFT POTTERS ASSOCIATION
Old rosesNow the roses are coming into bloom after a cold, dry Spring and I'll try to get to the Gardens of the Rose before they close. All I've been able to find out from the local paper is that the Royal National Rose Society has been put into administration, and I suppose the administrators … Continue reading THE ROSES OF THE GARDEN
The Royal National Rose Society, the oldest specialist plant society in the world, announced recently that it had run out of money and had gone into administration. The feather in its cap, the glorious Gardens of the Rose (above) at its HQ in St Albans, Hertfordshire, will probably close.The Gardens of the Rose is a … Continue reading THE GARDENS OF THE ROSE
When the Labour manifesto was leaked, the Conservatives lost no time in saying that Jeremy Corbyn wanted to take Britain back to the 1970s. BBC radio did an interview about seventies culture in which the interviewee said that for him the highlight of the decade was Bob Marley. Well, that was about the culture, but … Continue reading ARE THESE THE WORST CLOTHES EVER MADE?
On the way out of Tate Modern I was stopped by a market researcher who asked me about my visit. What was its purpose, out of a list of twenty? As I'd been invited to see the Giacometti exhibition by an old friend, I ticked "To spend time with family and friends". I also ticked … Continue reading GIACOMETTI EGYPTIAN
Tile panel in the Poynter Room (Photo: V&A Museum)The big show on at the moment in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is Pink Floyd. There were long queues on Saturday when I went there and tickets were sold out by two in the afternoon. But a museum like the V&A - well, there is … Continue reading PAINTED TILES IN THE V&A RESTAURANT
When I was a student on the Harrow pottery course, we went to the British Museum to examine several ceramic pieces at close quarters. In the picture above, taken ten years ago, Professor Nigel Wood and student Chris Sutherland are handling a white porcelain miniature garden, a plum tree in a rectangular bowl, made in … Continue reading A PLUM TREE IN A POT: DEHUA PORCELAIN FROM THE QING DYNASTY