MACKINTOSH AND MODERNISM

Charles Rennie Mackintosh absorbed arts and crafts ideas but went beyond them. He never thought that everything should be made by hand or that art was a moral crusade, and however much his buildings resonate with Scottish precedent, they anticipate modernism in their bold abstract shapes.

GLASGOW ART SCHOOL (2)

We face the prospect of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece being demolished because the fire damage was so great, and of it existing only in drawings and memory. Perhaps it can be rebuilt to Mackintosh's plan, but the value of reproducing everything exactly as designed in 1897 is doubtful, and it seemed to me that some … Continue reading GLASGOW ART SCHOOL (2)

CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH

Glasgow is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and we went to see the Hunterian Gallery's reconstruction of the house he designed for himself at Southpark Avenue, the exhibition at the Kelvingrove Museum about the Glasgow Style, and The Hill House, his most important domestic project, made for the publisher … Continue reading CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH

ARCHIBALD KNOX CLOCKS

I have to admit that I didn't know much about Archibald Cox until I went to Kingston Museum's exhibition about the Knox Guild. Someone who read my post about him told me how much she liked his clocks, most of which, I think, he designed for Liberty's. They are indeed superb. Here's a link to pictures … Continue reading ARCHIBALD KNOX CLOCKS

DENISE WREN AND THE KNOX GUILD

Denise Wren and a student packing a kiln, c.1926Kingston Museum, Surrey, has an exhibition of rarely-seen work by Denise Wren and the Knox Guild. Wren (1891-1979) was a founder of the Craft Potters Association (CPA), the leading British group of studio potters, and was well-known among older potters, but the Kingston Museum displays work from … Continue reading DENISE WREN AND THE KNOX GUILD