“Troika 63-83 was inspired by the sudden realisation three years ago that it would be fifty years since Troika first opened its doors in 1963. This deserved commemorating. Ben Harris was already a collector and had known Lawrence Illsley since they were teenagers in Penzance. Lawrence is the son of Leslie illsley one of the founding partners of Troika. Together they decided to find out as much information as possible and piece together a definitive history of Troika. The only was to do this was to interview the people who were involved and to tell their story.Their journey took them from the east to the west coast of England and into the homes of nearly twenty casters, fettlers and decorators. It was always a deeply personal journey for Lawrence who never got to know his father but the interviews yielded much more than that. they told of an inspiring and dedicated group who stayed true to their vision and produced highly original and distinctive ceramics. The book is the inside story of how they did this for twenty years and includes never before seen photos and reveals unknown details about the studio.”From Left to right: Kristen Roth, Benny Sirota, Stella Benjamin, Lesley Illsley
Troika began as a commercial pottery in March 1963. It was set up by potter Benny Sirota, sculptor Leslie Illsley and architect Jan Thompson. Over time Troika’s work changed from functional craft objects to conceptual stand-alone pieces of sculpture, extending the ideas and practise of sculpture into the medium of clay. The use of clay at Troika meant they, as artists, had access to a medium of creation. Through mass production they were able to allow more people access to the ownership of art objects. A process now known as ‘the democratisation of art.’
Troika 63-83 sets out to capture a unique period in the artistic and cultural history of St Ives and Penwith, Cornwall. A time of great hope, freedom and endeavour for the multitude of now highly regarded artists who were working on the peninsula at that time. The book tells the personal journey of three young opinionated men who set out to challenge the establishment and who succeeded on their own terms. It also highlights and discusses new interpretations of Troika’s work, which the authors argue should been seen primarily as sculpture rather than functional objects.
Short Review Comments: For anyone with an interest in ceramics from the 1960′s and 70′s and in the St. Ives ethos in that period – or indeed wanting to understand just how far Health and Safety have come in the last few decades, should read this book. Clearly it is a remarkable and “Must have” book for anyone interested in Troika, but although I have no particular interest in this work, I still found the book very readable and enjoyable – a compelling read. Well done to Ben and Lawrence for capturing this remarkable story and slice of history before those with firsat hand knowledge were no longer able to contribute. Stephen Dee, Editor
To purchase a copy of the book:
Enhanced with 20 pages of colour illustrations, Troika 63-83, 21cm x 21cm paperback (177 pages) is on general release from 21/01/13. RRP £25.00. For further information or to purchase a copy of the book please contact the publishers firstname.lastname@example.org (Mentioning studiopottery.co.uk may result in a small discount!)
For more information look at the News Page on www.studiopottery.co.uk or Troika’s website is http://www.troikapedia.co.uk/
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Linda’s latest book ‘Contemporary tableware’ will be out on 31 Jan 2013.The cover features Bodo Sperlein’s Blossom range for Japanese manufacturer Nikko. Also featured in the book are potters who design tableware for industry including Kevin Millward (thrower of the Sophie Conran range for Portmeirion), Chris Keenan (who designed the Sora tableware range for Habitat) and Keith Brymer Jones, head designer for Make International. The book brings together the diverse infuences on design of contemporary tableware, both industrial and handmade, including Japanese, Scandinavian and British and American midcentury modern design.The book is available to pre-order from Amazon at a saving of £1.25 on the published price of £25.00
An indispensable publication for anyone interested in ceramics, The Ceramics Book profiles work by members of The Craft Potters Association, the national body representing studio potters and ceramists, with an artist’s statement and a colour reproduction of their work.
In a conveniently small format, The Ceramics Book provides an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to see examples of the very latest ceramics by established and emerging makers – including Clive Bowen, Takeshi Yasuda, and Louisa Taylor – and for planning visits to potteries and artists’ studios.
The Ceramics Book is published by Ceramic Review, a bi-monthly internationally recognised magazine about ceramic art published since 1970, with critical features on contemporary and historical ceramic art and craft, and practical and technical articles.
The book includes an Artists by Region directory.
Price £10 +p&p softback extent pp 344
Over 300 colour reproductions
Published February 2012
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I have just received a review copy of this excellent book. 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 £35, (£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: 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
A complete guide to achieving a fantastic spectrum of colourful glazes for the studio potter, Colour in Glazes looks at the full range of materials and options for creating colour in glazes, focusing on colouring oxides in detail, including the newly available rare earth oxides. It also looks at what commercial stains are made from so you can create your own. Types of base glazes and the fluxes used to make them are discussed in relation to colour response. Emphasis is placed on using colouring oxides to achieve depth and variety of colour, rather than just resorting to commercial ceramic stains. The practical aspects of mixing, applying, testing and adjusting glazes are explained. and a large section of test tiles and glaze recipes is included, for use on white earthenware, stoneware and porcelain fired in electric, gas and salt kilns.
A very useful book aimed at making glazes to achieve the colour you want, and to help you broaden your palette. There will be an extract from it in the next issue of Ceramic Review.
Format: 246×189 mm; Binding: Paperback; Extent: 128 pages; Images: 110 colour (approx); Price: £16.99 – publisher A & C Black
Piyush Suri showcases the work of 90 of the most creative craftspeople working in Britain today. Whether they are creating delicate lace from recycled plastic bags, rescuing discarded objects to create new heirloom-quality pieces, or ensuring they work with responsibly sourced materials, the individuals proﬁled are passionate about what they do. Jewellery, ceramics, furniture, fashion, objects that are functional or decorative–or both–this book will inspire students and anyone interested in ﬁne craftsmanship.
- 224 pages; 200 illustrations; Retail price: £ 19.95; Vivays Publishing Ltd
Images shown from Emily-Kriste Wilcox
NCECA is thrilled to announce that its recent DVD release in the series entitled The Spirit of Ceramics. Volume 6: Linda Arbuckle: Fresh Color on Pottery has been selected for feed to public, educational television stations throughout the US through the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). The program feed will be available for stations on Monday, July 11 from 12:30-1 PM Eastern.
Linda has written a new book, Advanced Pottery which was published by Robert Hale in January 2011 and is available to order from bookshops etc., and directly from Linda at £29, plus £2.75 p&p (www.lindabloomfield.co.uk)
I have now talked to Linda and you may be interested in the background to her writing the book: