I went to the gallery of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (of which I'm a trustee) in Shoreditch, to meet our architect and Hackney Council's conservation officer to talk about the Society’s proposed improvement of the building. We want to enhance the gallery space, with proper disabled access, and to make the upper storeys more … Continue reading THE SOCIETY OF DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN GALLERY
These are my Arabesque and Berry patterns translated from earthenware to stoneware, using the new glaze I've been developing, which I described here. The old glaze was a traditional tin glaze, whose recipe I adapted from one of Daphne Carnegy's. The new one is a feldspar dolomite glaze.You won't be able to tell the difference … Continue reading STONEWARE TIN GLAZE
Carina CiscatoCeramic Art London, at Central St Martins last weekend, was the best I have seen. The work at this annual show is increasingly international and goes far beyond members of the Craft Potters Association, who set it up many years ago.The range of ideas and techniques employed is ever wider, and although there are … Continue reading CERAMIC ART LONDON, 2018
These glaze tests are a new departure for me. I'm planning to relaunch my ceramics over the next few months, replacing the terracotta I've used for many years with stoneware and these minimalist, urban colours. My standard shapes will remain but the clay body and the glazes are changing.Terracotta produces wonderful bright colours but it … Continue reading GLAZE TESTS AND A NEW RANGE OF CERAMICS ON THE WAY
This is how I make handles for jugs and cups. The clay is extruded through specially made dies and cut and bent into shape. Then the handles are left for a few hours to harden off, and then adjusted, trimmed and applied. You can see that the end is cut with a curved blade (made … Continue reading MAKING HANDLES
Max Frances, HiddenI was in Cheltenham at the weekend, exhibiting at Handmade in Britain in Cheltenham Town Hall, a well-chosen craft fair with very good quality work in all media. While I was there I went to The Wilson, Cheltenham's museum and art gallery, which has a famous collection of Cotswolds Arts and Crafts, which … Continue reading "ALTERNATIVE VISIONS", CHELTENHAM
The star of the Louis Vuitton Foundation is the building by Frank Gehry, which looks good from every angle.