Childwickbury Arts Fair, St Albans, is one of the highlights of my summer calendar. Sometimes I exhibit and demonstrate there and even when I don't I go as a visitor.The fair is in the grounds of Childwickbury, the house that Stanley Kubrick bought in 1978. His widow Christiane and her daughter Katherina are artists and … Continue reading CHILDWICKBURY ARTS FAIR
How come we can get a man on the moon but a sink always leaks?Plumbers will tell you that the simple task of replacing a sink trap is one of the most trying jobs they do. After twenty years our sink started to leak. How difficult could that be to mend? Six attempts later, two … Continue reading WHY NOTHING REALLY WORKS
As I once worked as a graphic designer, I keep a look out for old shop signs with interesting lettering. They're often preserved because the shop is doing badly or the owner is old. Thanks to them, we see layers of urban archaeology that would otherwise be covered. This dress shop in Hatfield (above) is … Continue reading OLD SHOP FRONTS AND FASCIA LETTERING
"Atmospheric Dynamism", c.1923-25The Estorick Collection in Canonbury Square, N1, is a little jewel box, a far cry from the national museums whose expensive acquisitions and big staff mean they have to put on blockbusters all the time. Anything likely to be unpopular with the public at £15 a head won’t show, even if it’s artistically … Continue reading GIACOMO BALLA: DESIGNING THE FUTURE
Walter CraneWalter Crane, a leading designer of the late 19th century, is now best remembered for his medievalising book illustrations. He was a major artist in the Arts and Crafts movement, the first president of the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, a friend of William Morris and a significant figure in art education. He had … Continue reading DESIGNER AND EXECUTANT: AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN WALTER CRANE AND LEWIS FOREMAN DAY
I went to the open studios at Cockpit Arts, Deptford, on Friday. They are open today as well.Cockpit Arts Deptford18-22 CreeksideLondon SE8 3DZ16-18 June. Sunday 11am - 6pmFree entryThe studios house up to 170 designer makers in Holborn and Deptford. Cockpit describe themselves as the UK's only business incubator for craftspeople, supporting those at the … Continue reading COCKPIT ARTS OPEN STUDIOS
The current issue of Ceramic Review (No, 286, July/August 2017) has a Masterclass with me showing how make tin-glazed earthenware. Here's a short video.https://player.vimeo.com/video/221558672 Masterclass with Marshall Colman | Ceramic Review from Ceramic Review on Vimeo.