LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM

  Leighton House Museum, the house Frederic Leighton built for himself in Holland Park, which I visited yesterday, will start a big improvement programme soon, due for completion in 2021. Leighton House is famous for its Orientalist decoration, furnished from Leighton's travels in the near East, and notable for walls covered in Iznik and Persian tiles … Continue reading LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM

BEATNIK POTTERS

BBC Radio recently broadcast an edition of Hancock’s Half Hour from 1959, The Poetry Society. Hancock has joined a bunch of poets, the East Cheam Cultural Progressive Society. Hancock: “We sit on the old cardboard tombstones round the plastic coffins...and we indulge in philosophical analysis. We formulate our plans for our Brave New World; Gladys … Continue reading BEATNIK POTTERS

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

QUERUBIM LAPA

On a visit to Lisbon I found that the azulejo tradition is not only more deeply rooted in Portugal's culture than I realised but that it remains alive and is being continually renewed. The Lisbon metro has been decorated in azulejos over the last twenty years, using modern techniques like screen printing and styles and … Continue reading QUERUBIM LAPA

WEDGWOOD’S ETRURIA

Josiah Wedgwood acquired the Ridgehouse estate in 1766 for his Etruria factory during a period of commercial expansion, when he had launched his cream-ware and was beginning to get commissions from the upper class. The company traded there until 1940, when they moved to the new factory at Barlaston, and production at Etruria finally stopped … Continue reading WEDGWOOD’S ETRURIA

A LUCY RIE BOWL AT THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM

I took some Associate Members of the Craft Potters Association to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on Tuesday, to view and handle seven ceramics from their collection.  The Fitzwilliam has one of the best ceramics collections in Britain and doesn't have room to display them all, so we were able to see some that aren't … Continue reading A LUCY RIE BOWL AT THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM