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In 2003 following contact with Paul Binns, a blacksmith who makes replica Viking armoury, Kate started researching historic pots. At first she concentrated on the Viking era in the UK but subsequently has widened her interest and knowledge to pots from the 6th to the 16th centuries. Kateâ€™s pots are shipped all over the
world and are used by re-enactors of various periods.
Latterly her expertise has been recognised by museum services in East Anglia where she has run demonstration and activity days and has welcomed commissions to reproduce historical pots for handling or display.Â Her recent exhibition at Greyfriars Art SpaceÂ â€“ â€˜A Celebration of Historical Potsâ€™Â featured many of the different types of pots she makes. It will opens daily 10am to 4.30pm until 30th October 2011.
Examples of her work is shown below for those who were unable to get to the exhibition.Â See her pages on this website if you wish to contact her to talk about buying or displaying her work.
Refurbished, re-configured restored and re-hung, visitors will once again be able to experience the stunning collection of William De Morganâ€™s ceramics and Evelyn De Morganâ€™s paintings â€“ the largest collection of each anywhere in the world.
While William De Morgan was the most important ceramicist of the Arts and Crafts Movement and a close friend and collaborator of William Morris, his wife Evelyn was a talented and acclaimed artist and symbolist painter.
Together they were actively involved in a number of social movements of their day; including prison reform and womenâ€™s suffrage and so the Centre is also a rich resource for students of late 19thÂ Century art, social and political history.
Once again the Centre will host a lively and wide ranging programme of temporary exhibitions, many featuring the work of contemporary crafts-people thus promoting craft education and the best craft practices of today. Our aim is to ensure that the Arts and Crafts Movement goes on into the future and that the Centre remains a focus of relevance and interest.
For the re-opening, they will present an exhibition of Fine Cellâ€™s work in the re-designed temporary exhibition space.Â The charity trains prisoners in highly skilled and paid needlework, using William De Morganâ€™s tile designs for many of their cushion ranges. The De Morgan Centre has had a long-standing relationship with Fine Cell Work and now once again visitors will have a chance to see and purchase from a range of cushions, bags and small items.Â The De Morgan Centre is re-opening alongside Wandsworth Museum which launched in 2010. The two small independent museums will support each other by sharing expertise and resources such as a fabulous cafe.Â Co-existing in the same building, we aim to provide an exciting and varied visitor destination in the heart of Wandsworth.
The De Morgan Centre,Â 38 West Hill,Â London,Â SW18 1RX
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8871 1144 Â Â www.demorgan.org.uk
This annual event draws up to 90 potters members of the London Potters Association together in London at Morley Colleges’ Gallery.
Linda Dangoor; Richard Ballantyne; Gunizi Amirak; Isobel Allan-Lowe; Norman Yap; Carole Irwin (top left to bottom right)
I have just received a review copy of this excellent book. Â The 4th edition has been fully updated and revised. There seems to be a very comprehensive review of refractory materials, the methods and principles of kiln construction, fuels, combustion and firing systems and things to watch out for from a safety viewpoint.
If you want to know about Updraft, Downdraft, Crossdraft or Multi-directional draft kilns – its covered, as are electric kilns. There are also various tables and an appendix to help with estimating data.
While my knowledge of kilns consists of looking at them, even I can see and understand how useful and informative this book will be for anyone planning to get or build a new kiln.
Its not especially cheap at Â£35, (Â£31.50 online from the publisher) but with over 300 pages packed with practical information, plans images and ideas it could be a good investment for many potters. – Studiopottery.co.uk
About the Author:Â Fred Olsen has been a ceramic artist for over 40 years, and is very well established in the field, both in the UK and USA. He often demonstrates kiln building at Aberystwyth Ceramic Festival, as well as building kilns at many other conferences and workshops around the world and is generally regarded as the authority on kilns. He sells his own designed kiln kits to potters around the world. His first kiln book was published in 1973 and it has been continually revised and expanded since then.
Pub DateNovember 2011
Illustrationsapprox. 270 colour and 310 black & white
There are three episodes to this one hour BBC4 programme: on Mondays 10, 17 and 24 October 2011.
Episode 1 is looking at domestic pottery from the Tudor period onwards.Â It traces the evolution of different techniques and styles involved in the art of pottery and examines in intimate detail what British pots can tell us about how generations before us lived and how they saw themselves.
Episode 2. Focuses on Stoke on Trent including those responsible for the dominance of British Ceramics from Josiah Wedgwood and Josiah Spode to Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper.
Episode 3. From the mass produced pots of the industrial revolution to the Arts and Crafts Movement to the rebirth of handmade pots by Bernard Leach to the imaginative and exciting ceramics of the current period.
See more detail on the BBC site:
If you are interested in the story of British Ceramics this is a series not to be missed. 10/10/11 – the first episode was excellent, the next two promise to be just as good! Ed.
The MA degree show is the culmination of the excellent work undertaken by Masters students for the University of Wolverhampton over the last year or two and shows the diversity of creative thinking, skills and professional approach to practice that they have achieved in that time.
Both full-time and part-time students have come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to contribute to the debates and extend their individual practices, with a good proportion of international students to offer enriched cultural understandings of art and design. This is therefore, a particularly lively show from the three courses of Fine Art, Art & Design and Design for Advertising, with multi-disciplinary work ranging from painting, sculpture, print, illustration and photography to audio-visual pieces, animation, ceramic, glass work, textiles and installation.
Thanks goes to the highly motivated and dedicated staff who have supported theses students through the Masterâ€™s programme. Dr Alistair Payne, Prof John Roberts, Lester Meachem, Pat Dillon, Dr Louise Fenton and the rest of the MA staff team are all experienced researchers and/or professional designers and artists in their own right, who have shared their knowledge and expertise with the students to deliver exciting and challenging opportunities for learning. The result of their valuable input is clearly evidenced in the quality of the student work on show at The Public.
MA Fine Art
The course is an intensive studio programme, supported by technical workshops, theoretical lectures and seminar critique. It is taught by practising artists with strong research profiles and highly specific subject knowledge across the broad range of contemporary Fine Art Practice, to include painting, sculpture, printmaking, expanded practice, installation, sonic and social art forms. As the presented works show, the programme develops an in-depth knowledge of the history, concepts and ideas aligned to art practice.
MA Art and Design
The course provides a creative platform for students to question and develop their practice in preparation for their creative futures. Our graduates are presenting exhibitions in Animation, Visual Communication, Ceramics, Glass, Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles. The work is the culmination of many months of concentrated study, independent research and technical enquiry, resulting in creative statements that inform current and future art and design practice. It represents outstanding work in contemporary art and design.
MA Design for Advertising
The course gives students the opportunity to develop their creative design abilities but also equips them with marketing and branding skills and knowledge essential for a career in the competitive market place that is International Advertising. The final submission for the graduates of Marketing, Branding, Design and Advertising forms two parts: a dissertation that demonstrates their academic competence and knowledge of the subject and a practical project that illustrates their design credentials.
The projects of the PhD students at the School of Art and Design are highly creative, innovative and diverse, some theory-based, some practice-led, but all challenging in their unique approaches to the contribution of new knowledge across art, craft and design. This exhibition has an array of work from a number of the practice-led research students who have outcomes ready to show.
Free and open to everyone.
Gallery opening times:
Wednesday to Sunday – 10am – 5pm
Sunday – 11am – 3pm