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
Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch, abolished 1965Yesterday I walked from the Geffrye Museum to Old Street via Falkirk Street, further north than previously, where the smart restaurants and designers have hardly reached, an area of public housing and local shops. City landmarks including The Shard can be seen between the flats. Most of the area was … Continue reading MORE HOXTON SIGNS
"E pulveri lux et vis." From the dust, light and power. They generated electricity by burning rubbish.I’m exhibiting with fifty potters in Ceramics in the City at the Geffrye Museum as part of London Design Week and today I walked back to Old Street station through Drysdale Street, Hoxton Street, Coronet Street and Brunswick Place. … Continue reading HOXTON SIGNS
https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FJAPANinUK%2Fvideos%2F1420274691401147%2F&show_text=0&width=560The 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
Yesterday we visited Isokon, the Lawn Road Flats in Hampstead, built in 1934 by Wells Coates, which was part of the Open House weekend in London. Three of the residents invited us in. The flats were designed for busy professionals who wanted an uncomplicated life, very small with tiny kitchens originally provided with one hotplate … Continue reading LAWN ROAD FLATS
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"