The Society of Designer Craftsmen is excited to be working with Elliot Payne Architects to ensure the Society continues to be the success it is today. To help secure our future, we are currently fundraising to refurbish our headquarters in London's vibrant Shoreditch to provide a members gallery for public exhibitions and creative spaces where members can meet clients and take part in workshops.
I've been work furiously for shows over the summer, making use of both my kilns, and the other day my kiln mysteriously turned itself off in the middle of a firing. The cause turned out to be voltage dip, a temporary reduction in the power supply. I'd never heard of voltage dip before, but firing my kiln again and finding everything normal, suggests that this was indeed the reason for its stalling.
The scaffolding on the Glasgow School of Art indicated that it would be improved beyond its condition when fire struck in 2014. Now another fire has undone the painstaking restoration of the last three years.
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
I mentioned Sophie Conran's Pebble range of tableware in my last post and thought I'd say a bit more about it. It has been a popular range over a long period and says a lot about attitudes to handmade and factory-made pottery. It is factory-made, but with its wonky shapes and ridges it looks as … Continue reading SOPHIE CONRAN TABLEWARE
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
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