Wandering through the streets of Hoxton made me pick up Bryan Magee's childhood memoir Clouds of Glory: A Hoxton Childhood. He is blessed with a sharp memory - he said that until the age of nineteen he remembered everything he had read, which helped him from his working-class environment into Oxford - and his book is … Continue reading BRYAN MAGEE’S HOXTON CHILDHOOD

HAMADA AND LEACH AT THE JAPANESE EMBASSY Japanese embassy has an exhibition of ceramics by Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach and some of their early pupils, put on to celebrate the friendship between Mashiko, where Hamada had his studio, and St Ives, where they came in 1920 to start the Leach Pottery, Mashiko: Imagined in the UK. The relationship between the towns remains … Continue reading HAMADA AND LEACH AT THE JAPANESE EMBASSY


Gordon BaldwinGordon Forsyth, who I wrote about yesterday, was well-known to Dora Billington, who taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts for thirty-five years and who is also famous for her sympathies with factory pottery; but she had an ambivalent attitude towards her home town of Stoke-on-Trent and I don't believe she ever … Continue reading GORDON BALDWIN IN STOKE-ON-TRENT


László Hradszki posted a picture on Facebook of a tile by István Gádor with a leaping horse that he'd bought recently. As it happens, I'd been looking at another picture of this tile (above) (or, more likely, another cast from the same mould) in Gordon Forsyth’s book 20th Century Ceramics, published by The Studio in … Continue reading GORDON FORSYTH: "20th CENTURY CERAMICS"