THINGS OF BEAUTY GROWING

I went to see the Fitzwilliam exhibition Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery for the second time. One of the changes that has taken place in studio pottery in the years since I first became interested in it is that it has become a topic of academic study, a fact regretted by the more … Continue reading THINGS OF BEAUTY GROWING

WEDGWOOD’S CREAMWARE

Much of the history of European ceramics is the attempt to imitate Chinese porcelain. The Ottoman Turks covered buff clay with white slip and a clear glaze. The Moors brought opaque white tin glaze into Spain, from where it spread to Italy, the Netherlands, central Europe and England. Meanwhile, there were experiments in porcelain, adding … Continue reading WEDGWOOD’S CREAMWARE

VILLAGE UNDERGROUND, LISBON

On the way back from Belém and MAAT we looked in at Village Underground, a space in the dock area that has been taken over for a new cultural initiative using old containers and buses. It's under the 25 April bridge and next to the converted warehouses used for creative industries and new businesses. This … Continue reading VILLAGE UNDERGROUND, LISBON

MAAT, LISBON

In Belém we visited the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, which brings together artists, designers, architects and visionaries in Amanda Levete's dramatic, shark-shaped building. The displays focus on global threats, environmental change and mass population movement. Tomás Saraceno's Thermodynamic Imaginary (above) is a sustainable housing future of balloons that draw energy from the … Continue reading MAAT, LISBON

WEDGWOOD’S VASES

In my post on the Vase Mania that swept the country after the discovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum, I mentioned that, as the craze faded away, Wedgwood decided to go down market and to sell his vases more cheaply to the middle classes. "The Great People have had these Vases in their Palaces long enough … Continue reading WEDGWOOD’S VASES